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Updating Personal Statement

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Dr NotADoctor, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Dr NotADoctor

    Dr NotADoctor Sigh 2+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I am a second time applicant this year, but I really like the personal statement I wrote last year. It said all of the things that I wanted to say and I think it was a strong point of my application. Is it really necessary to change it up or write a new one for this year?

    I don't want schools to think I am lazy...I just really like my personal statement as it is.
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  3. Caesar

    Caesar In Memory of Riley Jane Physician Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    hSDN Alumni
    Find some people on SDN to read and critique it again. There may be small changes that could be made and make a big difference.
  4. bcat85

    bcat85 10+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    I suppose you could leave it the same if you think it is strong.
  5. admitER

    admitER 2+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2008
    I am by no means an expert, just submitted my AMCAS a week ago...

    but IMO, if you think your PS is strong, go for it. I would, however, add maybe a paragraph about how the past year has strengthened you as an applicant - solidified your desicions, etc.
  6. MILK07

    MILK07 Silence, I kill you!! 7+ Year Member

    May 13, 2008
    I am a reapplicant as well. The advice I got was that if your PS from last year was as amazing as you thought, you would have gotten in. Obviously you need to change your application, they are not just going to admit you because you are persistent. They want to see you improving on your weak points, so your new PS should include how you have done that and possibly a little of what you've been doing in the last year. Good luck!
  7. Cruzin023


    Jan 14, 2007
    I am reapplying and thought I had a great essay but the reason that I got rejected from many schools and waitlisted from two was my low MCAT score. That was essentially the only thing that looked bad in my application. I got more experiences volunteering this Spring so id add that in.
  8. Dr NotADoctor

    Dr NotADoctor Sigh 2+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks for the advice! And good luck to my fellow re-applicants! :)

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