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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by trojan0009, May 13, 2008.

  1. trojan0009


    Mar 29, 2008
    I am trying to figure out if I should keep my current PS that I have written. I was wondering if I could get your guys preferences on content. Do you think it is better to write about something that is little more unique and shows something larger about your character but relates less directly to dentistry OR is it better to write about something more directly related to dentistry but is pretty standard, a common topic, and pretty boring??

    My current situation is that I wrote my current statement about being a congressional intern over the summer. I relate to dentistry a bit, but the main theme is basically self-realization. However, I could write about working at my mom's practice in high school, but I find that to totally convential and, honestly, pretty boring since it is a common topic.
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  3. Hybridtavo

    Hybridtavo Dr Ortegon 7+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    I would go with boring and add a little of ur experience over summer, just my opinion
  4. OMFS08

    OMFS08 Tooth Extractornator 7+ Year Member

    May 11, 2008
    I agree with Hybridtavo, I would go with the boring story and culminate with how that experience brought you to Dentistry.
  5. IdahoDoc

    IdahoDoc 7+ Year Member

    Aug 26, 2007
    Go with the boaring
  6. UCSF2012

    UCSF2012 Tooth Rehab Student 2+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
    The ultimate purpose of the PS is to get an interview. How do you get an interview by being boring and blending in with the masses? Others' tendency to write on a common topic gives you an opportunity to shine. Use that to your advantage.

    I say use the congressional intern essay, highlight desirable qualities of yourself, and briefly tie it to 'why dentistry?' Summarize in a few sentences, if necessary. You could always expand on the topic during the interview if they want to know more. It's more important how well you hold the reader's attention and how you develop your thoughts.
  7. UCSF2012

    UCSF2012 Tooth Rehab Student 2+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
  8. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Experience as a congressional intern can be used to your advantage, but you can make it just as boring as the "pretty standard, common topic" if it takes up too much of your ps. Your ps should be about dentistry, how you got interested and what you have done to accomplish your dream.

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