I applied in the 2019-2020 cycle and got 2 II and 2WL. I will be reapplying this cycle and am thinking of changing my PS. Last cycle it was largely about my mother's life story and how it motivated me to pursue a career serving others and giving back to the community (My mom was an orphan in India and was adopted by her aunt who was a very distant parent and essentially forced my mom to raise herself. She is now very successful and her story reminds me to be grateful for what I have).
I am now thinking of writing about how, as a child and even a young adult, I did not have a well-defined identity. Throughout my life I have split my time between school, piano lessons, soccer, cross country/track, photography, my social life, etc. Looking back, it makes me wonder if I limited myself by splitting my time between so many pursuits. I found an identity when I starting exploring a career in medicine. I realized that medicine is something that I can commit my time to and reach my full potential. I am going to include experiences that helped my realize this (classes, shadowing, and volunteering).
I would really appreciate feedback regarding the strength or weakness of this topic. Thanks!
I think your original PS was fine. The big question is how do you know it was your PS that got you the results you got for the application cycle. What are your MCAT scores and what is your GPA? Did you limit yourself to location? Did you apply top heavy to MD only? Are you going to open up to MD and DO schools this time around?
Your PS should align as best as possible to your application, so if you talk about serving the community you should have some form of lognitudanl commitment to community service in your app with hopefully a letter supporting your work in that time. That truly shoes commitment and authenticity to your application.