Episode 29: Harvard advice on the medical school personal statement. 6 Don’ts & 6 Do’s

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6 Don’ts of Writing Personal Essays:

  1. Don’t be generic.
  2. Don’t use personal medical experiences.
  3. Don’t be vague.
  4. Don’t write more than one page.
  5. Don’t use flowery language.
  6. Don’t use quotations.

6 Do’s of Writing Personal Essays:

  1. Do start early, say during the winter before your application cycle.
  2. Do make an outline.
  3. Do show, don’t tell.
  4. Do start with a zinger and end with a clencher.
  5. Do be proud.
  6. Do address severe deficiencies in the essay. (learn how to do this yourself here)