Personal Statement

Review the professional association site for tips on writing a personal statement.  The professional associations (medical, dental, etc) are listed under the Professions link on this website.  Examples of personal statement tips by profession:

Medical – https://students-residents.aamc.org/search/?page=1&q=personal+statement

Dental – https://www.adea.org/GoDental/Application_Prep/The_Admissions_Process/Personal_statement.aspx

PA – https://www.aapa.org/news-central/2019/05/dos-and-donts-for-writing-a-strong-caspa-personal-statement/

In general, the personal statement should provide information that tells the reader more about who you are, what you care about and what has influenced you to pursue a health profession career.  The content should not replicate the information you have already submitted although it can expand on it.  The focus should be limited.  It is not meant to be a comprehensive type of question.  In the end, you want the reader to know you better as an individual (be genuine).  Think of the word personal in personal statement as being in bold and underlined.

Students are welcome to make an appointment with the pre-health advisor for assistance.  It is generally recommended that you get the statement as final as possible before the meeting.

Additional tips:

*be clear and concise

*have a logical flow from start to finish

*be genuine/authentic and engaging

*proofread carefully and have others review it

*avoid cliches and clever stories

* Writing assistance – NCSU Tutorial Center – https://tutorial.dasa.ncsu.edu/wsts-overview-programs/

Final Tips:

*think about what do you really want the reader to know about you as an individual

*know that the best way to stand out as an applicant is to be yourself, be genuine and let them know who you really are