Many students dread writing a 4,000-character piece exploring their ‘perfect fit’ for Medicine. In a society, where humility is encouraged, it is rather uncomfortable making bold and boastful claims.
When writing your personal statement, it is important that you explore the following:
1. Your motivation – why Medicine?
a. This question can be rather difficult to answer and requires deep thought
2. Your qualification – what skills do you have that would make you a good doctor?
3. Academia/wider reading
4. Extra-curricular activity
In our personal statement workshop, we explore the elements of story-telling, the importance of showcasing your individuality as well as structure, sentence formulation and tone.
When writing a personal statement, you are essentially telling the reader a story. What impression do you want to leave on the reader? It is important to consider this whilst brainstorming.
Remember, there is no perfect personal statement formulation, you are unique and have unique experiences. When drafting your personal statement, write the paragraphs in an order that flows best with your story.
Lastly, do not be discouraged, writing a personal statement is hard work and requires constant revision. Trust us when we say this, ‘your first draft and the final draft will be worlds apart and you will be proud of what you send off.’
Good luck from us at Medsimple