Hey Guys and Gals! I'm new to this forum and am excited and pleased to have entered a forum that is actually quite helpful (as opposed to PR). You guys are great, and I hope that I can return to you what you give to me. Anyway, I just received the application for NYU and was wondering if the essay question "Please describe the motivational factors behind your decision to apply to medical school" is just a fancy way of stating, "Send us your personal statement". Although my personal statement does list motivations and why I want to be a physician, it also highlights some of my achievements (which doesn't actually answer the question directly). In other words, these achievements don't necessarily tell of my motivations, but rather what I have accomplished. Will this be acceptable? Has anyone else just submitted a personal statement? Thanks for all your help.