Thank you for the response, Goro. Yes, you're right about essays not being able to make-up for key parts of an application. However, is it necessary to completely change what you have written, for example, a personal statement? I completely changed my personal statement when I applied the second time and made sure I told my story of why I wanted to pursue medicine. I will be making some changes to it for my third cycle, but I'm a bit apprehensive of writing a completely new one. As stated before, I had it proofread by many medical students and physicians and they responded positively towards it.