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cugrad2k7

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I'm reapplying this next cycle(Fall 2009 matriculation) and need some advice on my PS. I was told my first PS was great by an adcom but my low MCAT 24P kept me out. I ended up doing Teach For America and taking 2 years off. I don't know what to do about my new PS. Keep the same one or start from scratch. Should I talk about why I chose TFA and how not getting in changed my perspective? Any advice would be great!
 

codenamekris

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i was a succesful reapplicant this year...i retook the mcat and got an MPH in between my application cycles. i wrote an entirely new PS for my second application, but did not talk about not getting into medical school the first time around. my two personal statements focused on similar things (my medical experiences overseas), but just from different angles. in some of my secondaries, i talked about my initial mcat score and how it impacted me and the way i think about medical school...
 

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I wouldn't xerox the same one, you need to change it up imo, but you can use the same themes if you want.
 

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The personal statement should not be simply cut and paste. You would want the adcoms to give you the same amount of consideration as you put into your application, right? I would suggest writing an essay that shows how you have changed and improved and why you should get in this time around. You can include a change in outlook or what things have impacted you that has now made you the person you are today, and why this person today is much better than the person of yesterday.
 
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