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Time spent on Personal Statement?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by MissionDental, May 27, 2008.

  1. MissionDental

    MissionDental 2+ Year Member

    May 23, 2008
    Hi All,

    How much time did you spend on you personal statement?
    1) How many days?
    2) How many drafts?
    3) How many peer edits?

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  3. montag925

    montag925 2+ Year Member

    Dec 28, 2006
    New Jersey
    I actually started writing mine close to the beginning of college. Just completed, it is written as a reflective passage throughout my college experience. My pre-professional adviser recommended that I take less of an outlook of why I want to be a dentist, and go into more detail about my past tribulations. Everyone who has read it loves it.
  4. sl2obel2ts

    sl2obel2ts i like tomatoes 7+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    i started mine november when I asked my profs for LOR, so
    1. 7 months
    2. 30 drafts? (corrections)
    4. tons, dr toothache was super helpful, my english profs were also helpful, my career center editor was cool too. My dentist looked at it, and her dental assistant (I am really cool with her) also looked at mine. I also had about 10 of my friends look at mine afterwards for grammar/spelling mistakes.
  5. rollredroll

    rollredroll 5+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2007
    mine has taken me about three weeks and four drafts. i sent it out to some friends and family members to look it over. hopefully i'll put the finishing touches on it tonight or tomorrow.
  6. dackmonkey

    dackmonkey i guess i'm floating 7+ Year Member

    Jun 2, 2007
    1. one hour
    2. one
    3. zero

    my PS was brutal. i discovered SDN after e-submitting and thought the PS statement part was just a formality. in any event, i was offered 5 interviews.
  7. jigabodo

    jigabodo Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2006
    Louisville, KY
    1. About 1 month.
    2. 6.
    3. 10+.
  8. blankguy

    blankguy 7+ Year Member

    Aug 11, 2003
    I don't know exactly how long it took for mine. I had a rough draft for a year and I let it collect dust. It was revised multiple times within the last two months before I applied. I don't know exactly how many drafts I went through. Fortunately I had somebody who helped me out a lot on proof reading. I spent more time in editing the content of the statement.
  9. cougarblue84

    cougarblue84 5+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    Wow. Some of these replies make it sound more like a Master's thesis than a 4500 character personal statement. 4 years, 20+ drafts, and 10+ peer reviews? I'm impressed.

    I started getting ideas of what I inteded to say a few months before. I had about 5 drafts and 4 peer reviews. It took me about two weeks.
  10. phantasmagoriun

    phantasmagoriun Car Ramrod 5+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2007
    The Dirty Jerz
    Took me about 5 days of sitting down for 10 minutes at a time, then getting up, watching TV, playing video games for a few hours, sitting back down to write, getting up again, rinse, repeat. Writing is like torture for me so I tend to do it in short bursts, like a paragraph at a time. Wrote 1 draft which I proofread like 497 times and had my family read it too.
  11. blankguy

    blankguy 7+ Year Member

    Aug 11, 2003
    You really have to make sure it is the best statement that you can put out. It is well worth it even if you have to revise it about a zillion times. :thumbup:
  12. jigabodo

    jigabodo Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2006
    Louisville, KY
    That sounds awfully painful. Could you recite your PS verbatim afterwards? :D
  13. phantasmagoriun

    phantasmagoriun Car Ramrod 5+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2007
    The Dirty Jerz
    Hahah yeah pretty close... :p
  14. litldime

    litldime D2 Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2006
    1. 6 weeks
    2. 6
    3. 2 professors, 2 students, my parents, my advisor

    I started by making an outline. Then I did some free writing. Piece it together and took out irrelevant parts and expanded on some of my key points. Going over it with my advisor helped alot and talking to other pre-dents helped also.
  15. diplo123

    diplo123 5+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    I wrote a draft, had my english professor read it; she just had mostly a few grammar mistakes. Then I went to the writing center; he gave me a few revision ideas for a few sentences. Overall, my first draft is pretty similar to my final draft.
  16. DRHOYA

    DRHOYA 2+ Year Member

    May 15, 2008
    1. about a month (writing a night here and there)
    2. 3
    3. sister (journalist), sisters friend, father (dentist), random guy who was getting a gold crown (turned out to be a lawyer), and a bio-professor.

    I focused mainly on what I have done to become a more competitive applicant after having to re-apply, and how my "life changing" experience was choosing dentistry as a career, because the things I've done (EC's, work, volunteering, studying) basically my whole life for the past few years has all dealt with getting into dental school.
  17. ryanaj

    ryanaj 2+ Year Member

    May 28, 2008
    2 months
    I did mine somewhat unconventionally I wrote a paragraph and then revised it the whole time I was writing the rest of them. Took me a month and a half to write that way, but worked for me.
    Sent it to everyone that I know (like 30 people) and ended up changing one word.
  18. KinKs

    KinKs 5+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    1. about 3 months
    2. 5 draphts
    3. One friend, brother and an aunt
  19. TravTooth


    Jan 28, 2008
    I used the Thoreau quote in my personal statement - i hope you didn't too. lol. jk.
  20. UCSF2012

    UCSF2012 Tooth Rehab Student 2+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
    1-2 weeks, 5 or so drafts. I had my fam and dentist read it. Never bothered to get friends or the career center to read it, because the only ppl that truely critique it are people who care. The career center usually okays crap.
  21. UNR.Grad

    UNR.Grad 5+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2007
    1) A week for the entire process (took awhile to get edits back from editors), first draft in about an hour or two.

    2) 3 or 4 revisions of first draft, but no major changes.

    3) My school's writing center, my parents, and my brother.
  22. Cymbidium

    Cymbidium Awesome. 2+ Year Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    1. spent about a month on it - wrote in October (for LORs)- submitted in May
    2. 3 or 4?
    3. 2 - my husband who is a writer and my advisor.
  23. amalgamgrillz

    amalgamgrillz Banned 2+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    how long are personal statements allowed to be? limited by characters? pages? unlimited?

  24. ak47

    ak47 flossy flossy 5+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    the midwest
    4500 characters with spaces (like 1 single spaced page)
  25. tncekm

    tncekm MS-1 2+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2006
    Pre-med, but for the PS, its all the same, right?

    I spent about 3-4 days on it and had two people review it. No idea if its a hit or miss. :laugh:
  26. amalgamgrillz

    amalgamgrillz Banned 2+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME?! wow..this is gonna suck. i'm gonna have to do alot of cutting down lol.

  27. DividedByZero

    DividedByZero Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    1) Three months
    2) 10 drafts
    3) 3 peer edits
  28. allenmarchallo

    allenmarchallo 2+ Year Member

    Oct 21, 2006

    1) 4 hours..
    2) 3 drafts (including final)
    3) 3 different peer edits. (a dentist, my wife, & my mother-in-law, who works for a dentist)

    I understand how some people have a lot of pressure riding on this, but when you have a lot to say, the hardest part is knowing when to stop.
  29. mamelons

    mamelons 5+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    1 week
    3 -- it was too long at first so I had cut some stuff out, re-word some things
    2 professors, parents
  30. paul510psu

    paul510psu 2+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    I took about a month writing/revising my first draft.
    I guess i had a couple drafts.
    I had several people read over it for grammatical errors and then I submitted it.

    Hope this helps
  31. DrReo

    DrReo "Thread Necromancer" 10+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    1. Month and half (during finals, here and there)
    2. A few drafts, heavily modified.
    3. English professor, friend, parent
  32. murff05

    murff05 2+ Year Member

    May 12, 2008
    New England
    1. One week
    2. Three drafts (basically to cut it down in size)
    3. I edited it along with my dad and a family friend who is an english teacher/lawyer.
  33. excusezmoi

    excusezmoi 2+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    1. 4 Months (there are moments I'm just staring at it + I had hard time with introduction/thesis statement)
    2. Several Drafts 15-20 (for content, grammar, stronger wordings)
    3. I went to my school english center, 3 english tutors with 3 different opinions ...drove me crazy. My husband was my best editor since he knows me so well. Final Draft, my pre-health advisor.
  34. eternalxdemon

    eternalxdemon 2+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2008
    San Francisco, CA
    you guys all make me feel bad... :(

    I spent 2 days... 1 draft.... 1 peer edit.

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