How NOT to write a new personal statement

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Dec 3, 2017
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7. Embrace the 5-point essay format.
Here's a trusty format that you can make your own:

  • 1st paragraph: These four or five sentences should "catch" the reader's attention. I almost died from Lyme disease and I saw a homeless man get shot.
  • 3-4 body paragraphs: Use these paragraphs to reveal who you are. Ideally, one of these paragraphs will reflect clinical understanding (what's this?) and one will reflect service.
  • Concluding paragraph: The strongest conclusion reflects the beginning of your essay, gives a brief summary of you are, and ends with a challenge for the future.
If the first statement was about overcoming X Disease, but I was told to not talk about the disease since it's controversial, do I write something vague or do I write about the shooting instead? I came away wanting to protect misfits because I am one.

How do I not mess this up?