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Personal Statement-Anyone needing help?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by doc toothache, May 7, 2007.

  1. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Need help with your personal statement? A critique of your essay is a PM away!

    A ps should be about:
    1. who you are
    2. how you became interested in dentistry and what you have done academically and shadowing to reach your goal.
    3. brief future plans.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2010
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  3. jedistar78

    jedistar78 5+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2007
    I need help with my personal statement...but what's a PM?
    I'm new to this. :confused:
  4. mmasurf

    mmasurf 10+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2006
    click on the user's name and press send personal message (PM) also if you need a second critique pm me if u like :)
  5. evlyann

    evlyann New Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    HEy guys,

    If you would be willing to take a look at mine and tell me what you think that would be awesome! I am a reapplicant so I am trying to make this essay stand out. I will hopefully finish it by tomorrow, and I will PM it ur way. Thanks again!:)
  6. ToothE

    ToothE 2+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    My personal statement is currently 766 words.
    Characters (no spaces) is 3,511 and 4,282 with spaces.

    What is the limit? Is mine too long?
  7. sonylarkhi

    sonylarkhi 2+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    AADSAS limits the statement by characters....and it's 4500 characters (including spaces) max
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  8. 1992Corolla

    1992Corolla CheerioKing 7+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    if your essay is too long but perfect...take out the extra spaces.

    Especially. If. You. do. two. spaces. after. periods.
    Especially. If. You. do. two. spaces. after. periods.

    see the diff?:thumbup:

    Edit: the difference does not show up here...spaces are automatically made the same. test it in word first...
  9. AdidasPete

    AdidasPete a DDS Pete 10+ Year Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    I'd be willing to give 'em a look too. I personally LOVED writing mine and thought it was the most fun part of the process.
    And FYI, I am already accepted and have picked a school and thus will gain no benefit from reading any of your essays. If you'd like to read mine I'd be glad to share, as I'm sure NONE of you would have an at-all-similar PS as me. And forget about us goons on SDN, have some profs read it too. I had most of my LOR profs read it and give me input which was probably the most helpful of all.
    Two words of advice tho. BE ORIGINAL!! The PS should be the part of your app that makes you recognizable. The adcom sees 1000's of #'s (GPA + DAT) but a great PS can really get lodged in their head and really give you an edge, as will a stellar interview. I got this right out of the mouth of the chairs of three stellar d-schools that loved my PS, so don't think I'm making this up.
    Anyways, good luck with the apps and take my advice, APPLY EARLY. I'd have saved some gray hairs and big cash in deposits had I done that.
  10. Tejv24

    Tejv24 Tej 2+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2006
    Is it OK to mention regarding a business aspect in your personal statement that shows you have had experience in business administation, management that can later help you when you open a practice?
  11. Sprgrover

    Sprgrover Pulped out Moderator Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    Personally, I would leave it out all together. Dental schools are more focused on creating good practitioners as well as finding students that they feel will fit well with their student body than they are with practical business abilities. The personal statement isn't a resume but rather a space for you to communicate aspects of yourself, such as your personality, disposition, goals, and the like. If you feel that your business skills are a personal highlight, I think turning them into a talking point in an interview is a better option than including them in your statement.
  12. doctorj0325


    May 29, 2007
  13. Pilot Mike

    Pilot Mike 2+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I didn't leave my business experience out of mine. I don't think having it in there hurts. I wouldn't tie that experience in to opening up a practice later... tie it in to what you've learned from doing that and maybe how it relates to patient management or something along the lines of how it gave you certain skills that can be helpful in dentistry. everyone knows you're going to be opening a practice one day... so let the adcoms know how that experience made you different than other applicants who havne't done that. just my 2 cents
  14. xDent09

    xDent09 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2008
    Can anyone who got in let me read their personal statement so I get an idea how to write mine, because im reapplying and I really want this to be good.
  15. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    It is best to rewrite your own. However, if you want to look at some, a few were posted on ([email protected]).
  16. USU24

    USU24 Dentist 7+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2006
    I'd be willing to critique anyone's if they want to PM it to me. I was told at all (4) of my interviews that I had a great personal statement, and I also have mad writing skills and an excellent knowledge of grammar and word usage(hence my scrabble police club jacket) as well as an extensive vocabulary. Also, I minored in journalism, so I think I know a thing or two about writing. Finally, I will probably have nothing to do this weekend and would love to help.
  17. jigabodo

    jigabodo Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2006
    Louisville, KY're awesome. Although I am already accepted , can you still proofread my essay? :D
  18. denticus

    denticus 7+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    Anybody needing help with their personal comments is free to PM it to me as well...

    ...BTW, I wouldn't be sending your PCs to someone who hasn't gotten accepted yet (this goes without saying) as they may very well butcher it and use excerps of YOUR life in THIER own PCs. Who may do this?, you ask...well...let me tell you who "may".

    1) Those who plan to apply this year and 2) Those who applied but didn't get in and are going to reapply.

    Don't mean to sound dogmatic, just trying to look out for the naive newcomber to the SDN universe. That said, be careful who you trust.
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  19. DividedByZero

    DividedByZero Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2006

    anyone these days still willing to read a personal statement and offer critique?
  20. doc3232

    doc3232 7+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    I can proof-read if anyone needs help, just PM me.
    I will mostly fix grammar/word choice.
  21. bigcat

    bigcat 2+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2007
    would really appreciate reading your PS - thanks for offering it up!
  22. Badboy8813

    Badboy8813 2+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2008
    is anyone still willing to do this..? pretty please...[​IMG]
  23. buzpuck11

    buzpuck11 2+ Year Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    Check you PM:)
  24. SFortho

    SFortho 2+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2007
    although most of the folks are really good samaritans and mean well, be careful you are not sharing your statements with people that have intentions of "stealing" your work since they don't want to/can't write themselves. Just be careful, since competition paired up with desperation can create monsters even out of some well-meaning people. You'd be amazed at what you will see once you actually get into dental school too!
  25. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Perhaps you can enlighten us how to be selective.
  26. supraman

    supraman Boston Celtics 7+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2005
    doc discontinued the service
  27. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
  28. yuppers

    yuppers 2+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    By that I'm assuming you are still are doing it. If so, I would appreciate a critique of mine. However, I am still working on it and I should be done within a week or two. Hopefully...
  29. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Soon the rush will be on.
  30. yuppers

    yuppers 2+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    I am trying to finish but I had so many things going on with school this past week and the first few days of next.
    Do you have a limit to how many you do if you get tons of them?
  31. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    No limit as yet, but who knows?
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2009
  32. yuppers

    yuppers 2+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    Sounds good, I'll make myself finish it next week and if you get to it awesome. If not.... I'll think of something. :)
  33. AlwaysImproving

    AlwaysImproving 2+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2008
    I am sending you my PS! I never got it corrected or edited before submitting it and since English is my 3rd language, I probably have typos that I am unaware of.
  34. Matt2010

    Matt2010 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    Does anyone here still proofread PS? Thanks in advance!
  35. abcd11


    Apr 2, 2009

    I appreciate your help.I'd be applying this yr and have no idea about statement of purpose.It wud really be a gr8 help if you cud send me yours.
    My id is [email protected]

    Last edited: Apr 2, 2009
  36. gjekd87

    gjekd87 2+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2008
    Do you still critique personal statements?
  37. USU24

    USU24 Dentist 7+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2006
    Yeah, kind of. I put together a booklet of my experience from editing plus some examples (link in signature) but if you want me to actually look at yours I will. PM me.
  38. OU11BB

    OU11BB 5+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2008
  39. yuppers

    yuppers 2+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    hey doc,
    well it was more than the week or two that I said it would be, but I went to career services for advice on it and then family. So now I'm back to see if you can read through my PS.
  40. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    See the pm.
  41. gatorPredent

    gatorPredent 2+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2008
    Anyone care to guide me with my Personal statement? I feel i have a solid foundation in 3000 characters but need to change the direction of it in what i have left. Thanks
  42. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    See your pm.
  43. jhk3g

    jhk3g 2+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2009
    Can anyone read over my personal statement. I will be a 3rd time applicant and only had 1 interview. I also totally changed my PS. Any help would be appreciated.
  44. Marmaduke

    Marmaduke 2+ Year Member

    May 31, 2009
    would anyone care to review my personal statement for me? i'm not sure if it's focused enough and i might have crossed the line between mild humor and 'you're clearly not serious about this, are you?'
  45. judiciousjim

    judiciousjim The Yung Wun 10+ Year Member

    May 18, 2006
    Hi Marmaduke,

    I can critique your personal statement. Just pm me.
  46. hsc1986

    hsc1986 5+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2008
    can anyone review my personal statement as well? I wrote a rough draft which is about 5000 characters..and not sure if this is how it should be.
    any help would be appreciated!
  47. dentaldam5

    dentaldam5 2+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2009
    I too could really use the help of someone in the know to glance over my personal statement, I've found friends and colleagues can only help with grammar and not tying the content together.

    I am a new poster here but have been lurking for quite some time now. I am a reapplicant (applied to start in 2007), in the process of defending a cancer genetics-related research thesis from a M.S. program in a few weeks. My application is ready to go with the exception of my statement, which i hope to complete and submit by monday.

    if anyone has any time to look this over, it would be greatly appreciated.
    sorry for being the new guy...

  48. keliao

    keliao 2+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2008
    I need help on my PS, this is my second time applying!!!!..... I REALLY need help, please helppp!!... i'll send you my old PS..and let me know what you think and i'll start changing from there.

    Thanks. K.
  49. longhornpride

    longhornpride 10+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2007
    be careful who you send your ps to. obviously doc has thousands of posts and is trustworthy, however, it wouldn't be a good idea to send your essay to someone with 10 or 15 posts. just be smart.
  50. Predental7777


    May 28, 2009
    Can the personal statement include descriptive, creative language or is it supposed to be concrete and straight to the point? I start my opening paragraph with a story so i try to use descriptive language and then I begin being more concrete.

    Also, mine's just about 4500 characters with spaces but that seems long for a PS. Do they prefer shorter ones?

    I have no idea what admissions staff are looking for so any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  51. Entropic

    Entropic 5+ Year Member

    Jul 19, 2009

    I am actually applying to DO or MD schools, but I haven't been able to find people that are willing to read other's ps. I was wondering if any of the readers in this thread are interested? I will try my best to make it interesting and fun :)

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