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Recycling Essays

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by Sparda29, May 14, 2008.

  1. Sparda29

    Sparda29 En Taro Adun Pharmacist Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    New York, New York
    So, we have to type a personal statement on PharmCAS. My question is, when you go through the supplementary application, and it says that you have to write a personal statement, do you just use the same essay as the PharmCAS essay, or do you have to write yet another one?
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  3. fenixtnlfan

    fenixtnlfan P2 Wildcat Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    Write a new one.
  4. twester

    twester Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 3, 2004
    Denver, CO
    Most PharmCAS schools use the master personal statement as their personal statement. They then ask other, more detailed questions that require you to write something new. I wrote four essays plus the PharmCAS personal statement when I was applying. The essays all had radically different approaches to why I thought I was a good candidate for their program. (I wondered at the time if it was a conspiracy since I would have otherwise just sent the same tweaked essay in.)
  5. SoccerCoach10

    SoccerCoach10 Graduated y'all! 5+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    You would want to write another one. Sometimes the essays/statements for the supplemental applications pose direct questions that your personal statement can not quite encompass. Plus, the schools would probably throw your application in the trash if they see the exact same essay when reviewing your files. Don't cut corners with essays. They are one of the most important parts of the application process.
  6. PharmDstudent

    PharmDstudent 7+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    I thought recycling was a good thing, eh?
  7. jonnyboi303

    jonnyboi303 5+ Year Member

    Oct 1, 2007
    When I was in this prehealth program this med school adcom said that everything gets a score and then gets put into their formula so the way I look at it is that it would be like copying the essays. Apparently people generally don't get that high of a score if the graders find out you copied.

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