SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Im known as a prolific writer at school, so many seniors have asked me to look over their personal statements. Invariably, I run across how their volunteering/research/experience as a patient/death of a loved one changed their life. Add a combination of self-deprecation (At first, I wanted to be a doctor only because I loved science) and self-importance (I want to change the world/make peoples lives better), and you have the typical essay. Now, I want to ask: are most other personal statements like these as well? Is there a way to escape the cookie-cutter monotony?