Why You Are Struggling With the Personal Statement

When it comes to the personal statement, not everyone has a heartfelt story about why they chose this path.

Some found their way here:

  • Due to a 1/4 life crisis resulting in feeling pigeonholed between two professions with pa as the acceptable choice on the moving escalator for “smart” people. 
  • Feeling pressure to succeed – as a first-generation immigrant, graduate, etc. Or from loved ones such as parents or a spouse pushing their significant other to work
  • As a life transition – lack of fulfillment or foreseeable future in their current careers. Following a divorce/ marriage on the rocks, forcing mama to establish a career fast!
  • As an escape from a less-than-ideal walk of life/changing family tree

So how do you communicate that in the personal statement? 

Some are gifted writers who can effectively communicate how their experiences have shaped them for this role. For others, a little digging can uncover the true “why” hiding behind layers of stuff.

But here’s the real issue – Is this really what you want to do?

Sometimes, I uncover with mentees that their “why” hinges on something much deeper – a feeling of not being enough.

Acceptance into the program and the subsequent title becomes a symbol of success used to define one’s self-worth and value – a dangerous place to be.

If you’re stuck here, instead of searching for a story that you believe the admissions panel wants to read, try a different approach by answering the questions below.

  1. What is the impact you want to have on healthcare and future patients?
  2. Who do you want to serve?
  3. How have your experiences & personal qualities prepared you for this role? Provide clear and specific examples of each.

Looking at it from this perspective can point you in a more purpose-filled direction. 

Click here for one on one help with your why.


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