Writing a Personal Statement

When applying to professional or graduate schools for health care programs, students will need to write a personal statement to identify their interest and background for this field and depending on the application, address their desire to be enrolled in a particular program. Some schools or centralized application systems will specifically delineate what they want covered while others will give more vague instructions on what to include in a personal statement. Regardless, there are certain techniques to be used when drafting an effective personal statement including how long it can be for centralized application services.

In all cases, students should begin writing their personal statement early. Students are encouraged to start the process their junior year if they plan to matriculate to professional or graduate school immediately after graduating. Several drafts are gone through and should be reviewed by others. The health professions advisor is available to help in this process. Please schedule an appointment to make sure you are on the right track.

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