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Study Abroad Personal Statement


El Tiburon
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Aug 12, 2011
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I'm applying to study abroad this summer and I have to write a personal statement. I am planning on including why studying abroad will help me achieve my goal of becoming a physician and how it will make me a better physician in general.

However, i am concerned that if i mention my past traveling experiences that my chances for the program will be hurt. I was born overseas and have traveled to almost every country in europe and my father lives in asia and i have visited him there multiple times. I am concerned that the committee will not want someone with such extensive traveling experience. I would leave it out, but all of my experiences traveling are actually an important reason why i want to study abroad and keep traveling...


Thanks. :thumbup:
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I can definitely see where they would want to give the spot to someone who doesn't have as much or any experience abroad. But at the same time I could also see them viewing your past experience as evidence that you really have a passion for global issues or diversity (or whatever) and that perspective could really help you succeed while studying abroad or that studying abroad could help you develop this passion further.

I would maybe ask past participants to figure out how competitive the program is, if you haven't already. I had to write a personal statement for my study abroad semester (school-run) but it was basically a formality because my program wasn't as popular. On the other hand we had another that was so popular that they had to do interviews, so I would have put a lot more thought into my PS in that situation.
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