*~*~*~*~*~*Official Personal Statement Guide and Reader List 2019-2020*~*~*~*~*~*

Lucca

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This thread is for this year's applicants who are beginning to work on their personal statements. If you're looking for someone to read your PS, check out the list of volunteers below In the most recent post ONLY!!

Link to last year's thread

If you are willing to volunteer, the thread will be self regulated this year. Respond below, following the instructions at the end of this post, with your credentials and specific things you are willing to edit for (content only, grammar only, etc). Please read the full list of rules posted below before you volunteer or contact a reader, and good luck to the 2019-2020 applicants.

Specific comments, questions, or complaints can be addressed to me (@Lucca), @gyngyn, @Matthew9Thirtyfive , @OchemOficionado, or @PapaGuava via PM.

Official Personal Statement Guide thread, Alejandro's Personal Statement Advice, and Depakote's Personal Statement Guide/Tips.
  • If you are looking for feedback on your personal statement, it is better to PM individual users here whose strengths are better suited to your needs rather than posting a response in this thread.
  • Once you contact a reader and they agree to read your personal statement, please email it to them as a Word document with your SDN username in the title. Including your SDN username makes it easier for the readers to keep track of who they've already read for and who they still need to read. DO NOT JUST PM YOUR STATEMENT TO A READER.
Rules for Readers:
  • If you would like to be added or deleted from the list, please make sure that you follow the directions below, and add or delete yourself.
  • As a volunteer, you may read as many or as few personal statements as you'd like or have time for. If you will be unavailable for a certain time or have been inundated with requests, simply take yourself off of the list using the instructions below
  • If you receive a request and are unable to fulfill it, please respond to the writer so he/she is not waiting for a response and can request help from elsewhere.
  • For your protection, we will not allow you to post your email addresses here. All email addresses will be edited out of the list and any further posts containing email addresses will be edited to remove them. Writers will contact you via PM and you can exchange email addresses privately.
  • As this is on a volunteer basis, absolutely NO solicitation of money for your services will be tolerated. Volunteers who violate this policy will be removed from the list and subject to further disciplinary action.
  • Obviously don't share someone's PS with anyone else without the writer's permission
Instructions for Readers
  1. Click "quote" on the most recent post.
  2. Add your SDN screen name, your credentials, and specific things you are willing to edit for (content only, grammar only, etc). DO NOT post your email address. If you aren't sure how to write this part, look at the OP from last year's thread for examples.
  3. Delete the quote tags at both the top and the bottom.
  4. If you are unable to read any more personal statements, please come back and move your name into the inactive list
Here's an example of how to volunteer as a reader and how to provide useful info on experience, availability:

  • FriendlySDNer| MD class of 2018, will start family med residency in June | interviewer (x4 years) and voting admissions committee member (x1 year) at T20 med school. Will comment on grammar, content, theme, flow, anything you want. Will not be available after June 12 2018.
This thread is brought to you by the Pre-Allopathic Volunteer Staff
Please remember that these people are volunteering their time. Be nice to them!

Good luck! Let me know if you have questions!
 
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Lucca

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bumping this so it doesnt get buried
 
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MemeLord|
Nontrad, former military, father, and hopeful MD class of 2024! I have reviewed around 35 personal statements since January and an editor for my University writer’s center. Willing to provide complete comments on grammar, theme, content, flow, and initial drafting of the good, the bad and the ugly. Will not be available after July 1st.

thenamesake
| MD class of 2023. I was an English major in undergrad, and would be happy to give suggestions on theme, content, and flow, or line edits for grammar and phrasing. Won't be available after May 15th.
 

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Readers available:

MemeLord|
Nontrad, former military, father, and hopeful MD class of 2024! I have reviewed around 35 personal statements since January and an editor for my University writer’s center. Willing to provide complete comments on grammar, theme, content, flow, and initial drafting of the good, the bad and the ugly. Will not be available after July 1st.

thenamesake
| MD class of 2023. I was an English major in undergrad, and would be happy to give suggestions on theme, content, and flow, or line edits for grammar and phrasing. Won't be available after May 15th.

Mr. Babe
Class of 2022. I have reviewed >20 personal statements. I know what admissions committees are looking for and I'm great at helping get rid of all the fluff and crap that makes a PS mediocre. I will provide honest feedback with what I know will help. I will be available anytime.
 
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MemeLord former military, father, and hopeful MD class of 2024! I have reviewed around 35 personal statements since January and an editor for my University writer’s center. Willing to provide complete comments on grammar, theme, content, flow, and initial drafting of the good, the bad and the ugly. Please read my general advice forum before PMing me please: A guide to the Personal Statement: A general advice forum Will not be available after June 1st.

thenamesake
| MD class of 2023. I was an English major in undergrad, and would be happy to give suggestions on theme, content, and flow, or line edits for grammar and phrasing. Won't be available after May 15th.

Mr. Babe
Class of 2022. I have reviewed >20 personal statements. I know what admissions committees are looking for and I'm great at helping get rid of all the fluff and crap that makes a PS mediocre. I will provide honest feedback with what I know will help. I will be available anytime.
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PursuingHappy

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MemeLord former military, father, and hopeful MD class of 2024! I have reviewed around 35 personal statements since January and an editor for my University writer’s center. Willing to provide complete comments on grammar, theme, content, flow, and initial drafting of the good, the bad and the ugly. Please read my general advice forum before PMing me please: A guide to the Personal Statement: A general advice forum Will not be available after June 1st.

thenamesake
| MD class of 2023. I was an English major in undergrad, and would be happy to give suggestions on theme, content, and flow, or line edits for grammar and phrasing. Won't be available after May 15th.

Mr. Babe
Class of 2022. I have reviewed >20 personal statements. I know what admissions committees are looking for and I'm great at helping get rid of all the fluff and crap that makes a PS mediocre. I will provide honest feedback with what I know will help. I will be available anytime.

PursuingHappy
| Accepted MD/PhD student, so technically class of 2027 (if my PhD only takes 4 years). Received several interviews, and my PS was commented on at most of them. Was a philosophy minor, so a very strong argumentative essay background. I will provide comments on anything that seems necessary. Also willing to read "why MD/PhD" essays, but NOT research statements. Available until August 9.
 
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Just bumping this because it got so buried.
 
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MemeLord former military, father, and hopeful MD class of 2024! I have reviewed around 35 personal statements since January and an editor for my University writer’s center. Willing to provide complete comments on grammar, theme, content, flow, and initial drafting of the good, the bad and the ugly. Please read my general advice forum before PMing me please: A guide to the Personal Statement: A general advice forum Currently inactive

thenamesake
| MD class of 2023. I was an English major in undergrad, and would be happy to give suggestions on theme, content, and flow, or line edits for grammar and phrasing. Won't be available after May 15th.

Mr. Babe
Class of 2022. I have reviewed >20 personal statements. I know what admissions committees are looking for and I'm great at helping get rid of all the fluff and crap that makes a PS mediocre. I will provide honest feedback with what I know will help. I will be available anytime.

PursuingHappy
| Accepted MD/PhD student, so technically class of 2027 (if my PhD only takes 4 years). Received several interviews, and my PS was commented on at most of them. Was a philosophy minor, so a very strong argumentative essay background. I will provide comments on anything that seems necessary. Also willing to read "why MD/PhD" essays, but NOT research statements. Available until August 9.

Inactive List:

MemeLord -
I have a backlog of about 20 PS. Will be inactive for new requests for a few weeks.
 
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MemeLord former military, father, and hopeful MD class of 2024! I have reviewed around 35 personal statements since January and an editor for my University writer’s center. Willing to provide complete comments on grammar, theme, content, flow, and initial drafting of the good, the bad and the ugly. Please read my general advice forum before PMing me please: A guide to the Personal Statement: A general advice forum Currently inactive

thenamesake
| MD class of 2023. I was an English major in undergrad, and would be happy to give suggestions on theme, content, and flow, or line edits for grammar and phrasing. Won't be available after May 15th.

Mr. Babe
Class of 2022. I have reviewed >20 personal statements. I know what admissions committees are looking for and I'm great at helping get rid of all the fluff and crap that makes a PS mediocre. I will provide honest feedback with what I know will help. I will be available anytime.

PursuingHappy
| Accepted MD/PhD student, so technically class of 2027 (if my PhD only takes 4 years). Received several interviews, and my PS was commented on at most of them. Was a philosophy minor, so a very strong argumentative essay background. I will provide comments on anything that seems necessary. Also willing to read "why MD/PhD" essays, but NOT research statements. Available until August 9

TulsaJoe
Recently accepted MD 2023. Will read PS for content, might throw in grammar. I have a Liberal Arts degree, but I’m not sure that really qualifies me for anything!
Available before June 13

Inactive List:

MemeLord -
I have a backlog of about 20 PS. Will be inactive for new requests for a few weeks.
 

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As someone who previously volunteered time reading personal statements, and not really having the financial freedom to pay for someone to do it, I really appreciate what you guys are doing here! I will say, I discovered a bit late www.cholinergy.com and had great experiences using this website. It's affordable since you're already paying a ton of money for applications, and it's always nice to get another outside opinion.
Also highly recommend this site. I had paid $30 for my review, but it looks like they're discounting it right now at $15. Highly underrated and significantly cheaper than other sites I've seen. And the fact that a doc reviews it is a huge plus.
 
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MemeLord former military, father, and hopeful MD class of 2024! I have reviewed around 35 personal statements since January and an editor for my University writer’s center. Willing to provide complete comments on grammar, theme, content, flow, and initial drafting of the good, the bad and the ugly. Please read my general advice forum before PMing me please: A guide to the Personal Statement: A general advice forum Currently inactive

thenamesake
| MD class of 2023. I was an English major in undergrad, and would be happy to give suggestions on theme, content, and flow, or line edits for grammar and phrasing. Won't be available after May 15th.

Mr. Babe
Class of 2022. I have reviewed >20 personal statements. I know what admissions committees are looking for and I'm great at helping get rid of all the fluff and crap that makes a PS mediocre. I will provide honest feedback with what I know will help. I will be available anytime.

PursuingHappy
| Accepted MD/PhD student, so technically class of 2027 (if my PhD only takes 4 years). Received several interviews, and my PS was commented on at most of them. Was a philosophy minor, so a very strong argumentative essay background. I will provide comments on anything that seems necessary. Also willing to read "why MD/PhD" essays, but NOT research statements. Available until August 9


Inactive List:

MemeLord -
I have a backlog of about 20 PS. Will be inactive for new requests for a few weeks.
TulsaJoe - PS Backlog + on vacation!