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I will finish a passable personal statement tonight

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by harposnarpo, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. harposnarpo

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    Now that I've said that, maybe I'll stop avoiding writing the silly thing.

    I'm at 4500 characters right now, but not good characters.
     
  2. amph119

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    I remember saying that about a month ago.

    ...

    MAYBE I'll be submitting tomorrow.

    lol :]
     
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    Good Luck!
     
  4. harposnarpo

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    Thanks for the wishes. As I'm at to 5419 characters, I still need them.

    Worse than that, there's no unifying theme and no conclusion. And most of my points are only half-made.

    Plus, I need to interject another experience.
     
  5. chad5871

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    You can always just start over. I worked on my original on and off for about 4 months and ended up re-writing it about 2 weeks ago. It was the best decision I made in regards to my PS.

    And I just submitted 10 minutes ago! :D
     
  6. harposnarpo

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    Congrats! :hardy:! I wish I had your foresight to attempt anything 4 months in advance.

    I'm trying to get this done ASAP so I can move on the ECs and submit by the 20th.
     
  7. harposnarpo

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    Since I'm under a time crunch, I shut the rewrite-option out awhile ago.
     
  8. harposnarpo

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    YES! I just found a huge unifying theme to my essay. Just have to edit a few paragraphs and it will be soooo much more golden.
     
  9. Kingfish

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    Think early july is still a decent time to submit?
     
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    Yup, still decent. Of course, it's in the bulk of application season, so things will take longer. Right now it looks like people are averaging 7 days between submitting AMCAS and verification. That'll only increase as more applications pile up into July. Screened secondaries will be much the same.
     
  11. harposnarpo

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    Bleh. I had a passable statement and then copied and pasted a file over it. Long story short, I lost most of my work last night.

    However, I now know the direction I'm giong in, and am working on finishing up round 2. Also, I've got like 1000 characters to play with.
     
  12. Dulcina

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    bah, sorry you lost your work, i HATE when that happens!

    I'm stuck at 109 characters too long, and no matter how i edit, I cant seem to cut them :p. More scary is the feeling that i dont have a unifying theme either! eeek
     
  13. harposnarpo

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    {insert cliche about applicants with >35 MCAT having no real worries here}
     
  14. ButImLETired

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    Hey Harposnarpo, how's the PS coming? I've been following your saga.
     
  15. Vihsadas

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    {Insert personal anecdotal evidence about how everyone should be worried} :p
     
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    [Insert general pre-med anxiety :scared::scared::scared:]
     
  17. MCAT08

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    I finished an Okay PS two weeks ago to give it to my professors for LOR and now I am too lazy to fix it cuz anything I take out makes the whole thing out of place so I'm like ok ok ok this is pretty good and then leave and my PS has been sitting there!! it was easier starting from scratch!!

    Good Luck ya'll I don't know when if ever my PS will be PERFECT ;)
     
  18. Flaxmoore

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    Contractions, maybe? A semicolon can be used to link two related thought streams, thus saving two.
     
  19. Maxwell Edison

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    If you don't have a theme, it doesn't matter how much over/under you are. Don't count your necklace beads unless you've got a string.

    Kill adjectives, adverbs. Generally they are superfluous. Watch your commas, too.
     
  20. Raryn

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    {Insert statement over how people who have >35 MCAT probably shouldn't be worried if they're on top of the game and are planning on submitting in June}
     
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    {Insert statement over how...} Ah forget it. I don't wanna play anymore. :smuggrin:
     
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    Here's my advice from another thread for revising your Personal Statement... Pay special attention to the part about not working in all your ECs, that's a big space saver.

     
  23. aunt ethel

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    This is such simple and good advice. I don't know when it was drilled into me to put two spaces after my sentences, but it is totally unnecessary, and when I realized I was doing it, it cut dozens of characters out of my PS! But I also ended up cutting out two entire (small) paragraphs that were nice, but not essential.

    Try to get someone you don't know very well to read it, it will make you feel much better to get their feedback than to have someone you love tell you that you're awesome, because you already know that they think that.

    Good luck!
     

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