Writing a personal statement for medical school is probably one of the most important tasks to complete – aside from passing the entrance exams. Before you write a statement, it is a good idea to read other medical school personal statement examples, this way you can see firsthand what type of information and writing the medical school admissions boards are looking for when writing yours.
Consider the openings of two medical school personal statement examples:
Example Opening One: “Growing up in a war torn country in Africa, experiencing only a life of turmoil and watching most of my family “leave” me right before my eyes, I knew I wanted my life to be different, free from pain, and I knew I wanted to help others instead of hurt them.”
Example Opening Two: “At the age of 14, my family and I left South Korea to start a new life, and all because a stranger showed us a bit of compassion for a family in need. That very day, I promised I would continue that legacy of his compassion, and I have kept that promise to this day by helping others in any way I can.”
The thing to remember is that while conveying an idea is good, conveying it in such a way in which you present the image to the reader, in this case the admissions board, instead of the reader imaging their own scenario, is better. The reader gets the right message about who you are, and interprets the message of the story correctly, without having to piece it together themselves