It’s easy to think you know where to start or how to write your personal statement, but it isn’t until you come to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) that you realise the struggle that lies ahead. Your personal statement is the biggest and most unique piece of writing you are likely to have done (at this point in your life) – unless you are a graduate and had the stressful pleasure of writing your dissertation – so it is important that you don’t rush, prepare like you would for an exam and think carefully about your best attributes that are going to make you stand out.
For a veteran like myself, writing personal statements has become second nature and I believe I have truly mastered the writing skills needed to make the admissions board wake up and smell the coffee – a new perspective on medicine, a breath of fresh air in their endless reading and something that makes them remember ‘why medicine’. I don’t say this to be cocky or up-my-own-***, I say this because from both personal statements I wrote and uploaded onto UCAS I received offers – something I think can be said is partly down to the way I express myself and my merits.
I didn’t start this blog to tell you all of my triumphs and not help with those following in the medicine footsteps, but instead, I decided that it was my privilege to be able to give advice to similar students in the midst of applying to their future. Hence, I have decided that todays blog will focus on key tips I have to master writing your own personal statement. I hope you all find something worthwhile and keep your eyes out for my offers on social media to read over and give feedback on personal statements ahead of the UCAS deadline.
Hopefully, with a few of the tips I have come to discover and hold true, you will be well on your way to securing the place you deserve at the medical school of your choice.
If there is anything more you would want to know from a been-there-done-that candidate, then feel free to contact me on social medical or via email –
@dreamsofamedic – Twitter and Instagram
All the best for this writing season.