Have any of you used one of these services that professionally edits and revises your personal statement or do you know of anyone who has used them? If so, do you recommend it? I'm willing to do whatever it takes to write the best essay that I can, but I'm not going to spend $150/hour (not a typo) unnecessarily. I'm always hearing that you should just pass your essay around to friends and family members, which may be great for identifying faults in grammer and syntax, but they're not really in a position to know what it is that medical schools are looking for in a personal statement. The benefit of using a professional service seems to be that they ought to know whether or not your essay effectively serves its purpose. I've read a book on how to write a personal statement and I've seen dozens of "successful" personal statements, but I'm still very unsure if mine will stand out or if it will be just another boring run-of-the-mill essay. If I seem fanatical about this, it's because I am. I'm a very average applicant (3.75, 31Q)and unless I submit a memorable personal statment my application will quickly be heading towards the circular file in the shape of a paper airplane. Therefore, I want to write something exceptional. I want mine to be the gold standard by which all future personal statments are measured. I want adcoms to see my essay and submit it for publication in the Journal of the Best m*****f'ing Personal Statements Ever Written. So any help would be appreciated.