The Editor's cCorner: Personal Statements

Trimming Your Writing: How Reducing Word Count Improves Effectiveness

  The most effective writers convey their ideas in as few words as possible. Whether you’re aiming to promote a new product with a press release, persuade your audience with a white paper or write the next great American screenplay, … Continue reading

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Tips for Writing an Outstanding Personal Statement for Law School

  While every personal statement for law school can be as different as the candidates writing them, there are also mistakes candidates commonly make when writing a law school personal statement. And when they make them, it is nearly impossible … Continue reading

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Choosing What NOT to Write in a Personal Statement

  With as much time as candidates spend thinking about what to write in their personal statements, what often gets overlooked is what NOT to write in a personal statement. With the over 10 years’ experience I have in consulting … Continue reading

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Tips for Preparing a Successful ERAS Application

  With over 10 years’ experience in guiding candidates in applying for medical residency, and having critiqued and edited 1,000+ ERAS applications during that time, I have seen firsthand just how far the way in which you fill out your … Continue reading

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How to Write a Strong Conclusion to Your Personal Statement

  You can hook your reader with the introduction to your personal statement and wow them with magical words in your personal statement, but if you don’t write a strong conclusion to your personal statement, you’ll leave program directors and … Continue reading

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Cutting the Fluff: Tips for Writing a Law School Personal Statement

  You can say a lot and still say nothing, and if your personal statement for law school can’t say it, chances are law school admissions committees will think you can’t either. How efficiently you can get to the point … Continue reading

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Antonia Reyes: An Everyday Wonder Woman

  “That’s not fair!” Antonia Reyes would protest when she perceived her parents treating her differently from her two sisters. She would often also say it when she saw a stranger being treated unfairly and wanted to help.  Growing up … Continue reading

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Choosing Your Attitude: The Benefit of Arrogance in a Personal Statement

  You can have all the right content, but if your personal statement does not convey the right attitude, it will all be for naught.  No matter what you describe, the tone you select, whether positive or negative, humble or … Continue reading

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Crafting a Compelling Personal Statement, and Why How You Start Matters

  No one wants to write a terrible personal statement.  No one wants to know that his was the one that made the program director roll his eyes, or that hers was the one to cause her residency application to … Continue reading

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Personal Statement Red Flags: Turning Blemishes Into Bright Spots

  There are no personality traits more attractive in a candidate than self-awareness, confidence and humility.  And nothing makes these traits more attractive than the barriers the candidate had to overcome to obtain them.   Red flags come in many … Continue reading

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