Personal statements are an integral part of your application. They are your opportunity to let the admissions committee understand you and your motivations for applying. Well-written personal statements can make you stand out from other applicants, and can be an invaluable asset to your application.
Writing good personal statements is not easy. You should aim to strike a delicate balance between self-promotion, listing qualifications, and reflecting on your experiences. Make your statement interesting and personal—try to tell a story, or have a narrative thread that carries throughout your piece.
The following are excellent resources to help you formulate and edit your personal statement:
The Writing Center (6171 Helen C. White) offers classes on writing personal statements for pre-professional schools. Writing Center tutors are also specifically trained to work with students applying to health professional schools. They can help you at any point in the process, whether you are still brainstorming ideas for the statement, or are on your final draft.
The Health Professions and Pre-Law Center at Indiana University offers comprehensive guidelines for writing your personal statement, including some warm-up exercises that will help generate ideas for your personal statement.
UK has an excellent site specifically for medical school application essays, with some useful tips for how to write and structure your essay.
Our office is happy to help with the personal statement writing process. Call our office to make an appointment: 263-6614.