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How many characters was your personal statement?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by mjmjoa, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. mjmjoa

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    I hit 3000 characters and am all out of things to say. I know the max is 4500, so how many characters did you guys submit?

    I'm trying to make it genuine but it's difficult to not make it about "me me me me me", "I did this and that". I don't know, I'm trying to make it the best it can be, but just not sure if I'm having the right tone with it.
     
  2. mimkt

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    I submitted right at 4,498. You can ask your pre-health advisor to look over your personal statement and see what you are missing. Personally for me, my advisor looked for: why you want to be a pharmacist, what qualities do you have, your goals in pharmacy school or being a pharmacist in general, and how the PharmD program will help you achieve that goal.
    Do you have any personal experience that related to pharmacy? Put it in there.
    Any other experience regarding to your low grades (if you have low grades)? put it in there.
    Your experience should relate to how it pursue to be a pharmacist and what you have learned from your experience.
    My first paragraph was about why pharmacy, 2nd paragraph was about my mother's health condition and how it related to my low grades in the first place and how it showed my interest in medicine/drugs therapies. My third and fourth paragraph was my qualities, goals as a pharmacist, and how being in the PharmD will achieve my goals. Then I tied it up together in my conclusion.
    Hopefully that should help you! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask! Good luck!
     
  3. Primus25

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    My personal statement hit right under 4500 characters. I felt I needed a strong and descriptive personal statement to make up for my subpar PCAT score. It seemed to have worked. I scored an interview for the only school that I have applied!
     
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  4. glencoco

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    I am still working on mine, and it's about 3500 right now. don't think I'll change much so it'll end up being around there. don't stress if it's only 3000, it's the content that matters, not the length! as long as you've made it a strong, well-written piece of work, then you should be fine. plus, the character count is just there to help remind applicants that the admission board are humans too and don't want to read 4 pages on each applicant's life. I hope that didn't sound too rude!
     
  5. MyRealNameIs

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    Max 4500 is not a suggested length. It is a length they will allow since some people actually need that much space even though they don't want to read so much crap. Honestly, if you are close to 4500, your essay is probably too wordy and need to be more concise for most writers. Just remember they need to read hundreds of these. I was editing essays for some of the forum members and they include stuff that is completely unnecessary.
     
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  6. jaymin8

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    Exactly what MyRealNameIs said. It is a suggested length. Just write your personal statement then look at the character count afterwards. If you are under and trying to hit 4500 you will probably start repeating yourself which would be a waste of your time and their time. Just keep it clean, clear, and concise.
     

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