- December 6, 2011
- Posted by: Sahil Mehta
- Category: Applying
Your medical school personal statement will set you apart from other candidates. There are a lot of people applying with similar grades and MCAT scores. It’s the intangibles, such as the personal statement which will really set your application apart. Because of this, it is imperative to start working on your medical school personal statement as early as possible.
Going through 3-4 edits in the weeks before your application is due can certainly be effective, but if you have time to start the statement now, we highly recommend getting going. This will create a low pressure environment in which you can really let your creative juices flow. If you feel that your first draft isn’t going anywhere, write a new one! You can’t necessarily do that two weeks before the application is due, but you can certainly do that 20 weeks before it is do.
Allowing yourself ample time to write the medical school personal statement will benefit you in the long run. You will have the opportunity to edit it several times until its perfect. So, if you have a few minutes a day, start writing a few sentences. See where it goes. Explore. The best personal statements come naturally. The more time you have to get creative, the better!