Drafting and redrafting your personal statement
Tips from a medical careers consultant
The hardest thing about writing a personal statement is not getting the first draft down on paper. No, according to most students the hardest thing is the laborious process of going back over it again and again, trying to refine it, keeping it fresh and convincing, and staying within the word count. Here we provide tips to guide you through the painful task of redrafting. Give yourself enough time to do this, and consider each section and every paragraph as you go along. Carefully. Sentence by sentence.
The introduction is your opening gambit. Here we show a fictitious draft, consider what’s wrong, and illustrate how it might be improved.
This opening sentence does not give the admissions tutors any information beyond that you want to study medicine, which they will assume is the case anyway. Beware of claiming that you have always wanted to be a doctor. Rather, make it