Your page isn’t blank any more, but you may not be very happy with what you’ve written. Basically, your room isn’t guest-ready just yet – it doesn’t look the way you really want it to and the way you may have imagined it in your head. Most likely, your essay is also too long (5300 characters goes by quickly). You’re going to have to move stuff around and probably get rid of some beloved knick knacks and potentially even an armchair or two.
What are the best stories for your Personal Statement? What would be good for your Most Meaningfuls? To me, this process is like purchasing furniture for an empty room. You know the types of chairs and lamps that you like and that represent your own style, but sometimes you don’t know exactly where you’re going to put them.
Your personal statement does not stand alone. For good or for bad, the medical school application process includes not only a Primary Application, but also a Secondary Application, and an interview. Think of it as a multi-course dinner at a nice restaurant: there’s so much that goes into the experience beyond just the entree.
You have 5300 characters (including spaces, mind you) to summarize every major activity that you’ve done in college and after, explain why you want to be a doctor, explain why you’d be a GOOD doctor, and differentiate yourself from the thousands of other pre-meds who also have ridiculously outstanding grades and decent MCAT scores. Oh, don’t forget to explain that one C in the class you took as a freshman because you thought you were hot stuff and could handle an Upper Division hard science course because you got a 5 on the AP Bio test (oh wait, that was me.)