Where to Begin?

You finally have time to sit down and write you personal statement. You know it’s a big deal, and maybe you know vaguely what you want to write about. But all you can do is stare at that blank white screen helplessly.

“Where do I even begin?”

There are several key points you want to hit with a personal statement, regardless of what your background is and what type of program you’re applying to. A good starting point is to answer the following questions:

  • What ignited your passion for career X?
  • What moments reaffirmed your decision that YES, this is the career for you?
  • How do your background, personality and experiences make you a great fit for career X?
  • How does the program you’re applying to take your career to the next level? How is it a good fit for you?
  • What are your long-term career goals?

By the way, if you need a little more guidance than that, we have an awesome Brainstorming Packet that we highly recommend for any applicant: http://edityour.net/product/personal-statement-brainstorming-packet/

 

Ok so if you’ve figured out generally what you’re going to write about, believe it or not, that’s not actually enough! You also need to structure your personal statement in a way that will draw the admissions team into your story and keep them hooked from start to finish. The structure and flow can have a big impact on how powerfully your experiences come across and how organized as a person you seem. For some tips on how to best structure your personal statement, check out our blog post on the topic of structure: http://edityour.net/structuring-your-personal-statement-with-a-strong-backbone/

 

Once you know what you’re going to write about and how you’re going to structure it, you are well on your way! After that first draft is complete, don’t forget the last step: Get it edited by a professional editor. That way you know it’s as strong as it can possibly be from a grammatical, structural and content point of view.

See all our best tips and resources on the EditYour Blog: http://edityour.net/blog/

 

 

Writing a Personal Statement?


Ben Frederick M.D.
Co-Founder
During my fourth year of medical school, I was faced with writing yet another personal statement, this time for a radiology residency. I'm not a strong writer, but after sending my personal statement to our founding editor, Sam Dever, I had to turn down interviews because I was getting too many. True story!

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