“Shouldn’t I just try to figure out ‘what they want to hear,’ and give them that?”
Please don’t. Doing this can be deadly to your med school application. It’s the quickest way for you to make yourself sound exactly like every other applicant out there, and it usually leaves out the most interesting specific things about you.
You are much, much better off using the personal essay space to create a highly personal, powerful, extremely well-reasoned argument in your own behalf.
I use the word “argument,” but of course I would never want you to sound ARGUMENTATIVE. (I want you to sound very warm, and personal, and human.) “Argument” just means that when someone gets done reading your personal statement, their natural reaction is to say: “Oh my gosh. This makes absolutely perfect sense…..I don’t even have a question about this. It’s completely clear to me that this person should be in medical school.” If the essay you have now is not accomplishing this, you have missed the boat.
This principle, of using the science of argument to write something convincing and compelling, can help to clarify for you exactly what you should be writing about in the personal statement, and what you should emphasize and what you should downplay. It can help you to explain clearly and with confidence (not arrogance) why you want to be a doctor, and it keeps you from falling back on over-used cliches such as: “I want to help people.” And, in addition, it helps with every other aspect of the application process, from letters of recommendation to interviews.
So how do you create a powerful, extremely well-reasoned argument in your own behalf?
You start by searching your OWN SOUL for what are the most compelling reasons you (not 100 other people) should be in medical school. Then, you organize and express that information by using the exact same principles that a lawyer uses when arguing a case in court. It’s by using these very old, time-tested principles that we can get a reader to say: “Wow. This makes absolutely perfect sense.” Trouble is, they don’t ever teach you that much about these principles in undergrad…..you usually don’t learn them unless you go to law school! ( I can give you all the practical tools you need to do this, though, if you need help. Just click on GET HELP NOW.)
If you’re doing this on your own you might learn these time-tested principles of argument in three specific ways. You could 1) ask a logic professor at your college or university to explain the principles to you (be sure to ask him or her, if you do this, about the THREE COMPONENT PARTS OF ARGUMENT that must be in perfect balance in order for an argument to be perfectly convincing). You could 2) get a textbook on argumentation from your college bookstore, or …………. I can help you.
If you would like help from me on exactly how to construct a flawlessly logical argument in your own behalf in your medical school application, how to catch and hold the reader’s attention throughout the entire thing, how to make them FEEL as well as THINK that you should be in medical school, and my personal help for your individual situation, click on GET HELP NOW. My prices are reasonable. You can get real help from me for just $299.00, and then buy more help later if that makes sense in your situation. I am here to help. Best of luck to you as you create stunningly well-reasoned argument in your own behalf in your medical school application!
“With my academic record, I was worried that I would never get in to med school. Jeannie was a great help though; she actually helped me structure my AMCAS essay so it looked like academic ability was one of my greatest strengths! Most amazing though, was the day I called her to say I’d been accepted. ‘Wow!” she said. “I helped four people apply to that school this year, and with your call I’m finding out that all four got in!’ The really stunning thing about this is…..that school had had 1680 applicants for only 42 slots. Jeannie, I owe you a lot.”
J.K., M.D. Minnesota