Okay Dr. Fischer, You have badmouthed all the crappy personal statements, now, what would you actually do to make a good one?
1. What are your core values?
2. What do you REALLY care about?
3. Tell a story
The subject does NOT matter. What matters is that you write about something you care about and worked on and learned something from
It can be in medicine, it can be art work. It should be a ‘Life-defining” event
25% of my book “Routine Miracles” could be thought of as an elaborate personal statement.
I once knew a guy, who put in his personal statement
“To See a world,
In a Grain of Sand,
And Heaven in a wild Flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in one hour”
The student’s counselor said “Aren’t you weird ENOUGH? You need to take this OUT”
So, I kept it in.
The ONLY place that commented on my personal statement was the place I put number FOUR on my rank list.
I matched there.
One person’s “Weird” is another person’s “Interesting”
BE TRUE TO WHAT YOU CARE ABOUT~!!!!
You will notice, that the main bulk of anxiety about a personal statement is based on trying to fake it, to tell them what you THINK they want to hear.
Intercourse ($(#@^) them!!!!
Just get the punctuation right!