Spellcheck will not pick up words used incorrectly, poor grammar, or run-on sentences. Proofread your personal statement very carefully. Read your essay, reread your essay, then reread your essay again. Does it make sense to you? Allow some time to lapse between readings. If you read your essay twelve times in the same day obvious errors may be easily missed. Let a day or two pass, then revisit your essay again. This will allow you to look at it with a fresh perspective.
Then have someone else read your personal statement, preferably someone who does not know you very well. Does it make sense to him or her? Does he or she get a good sense of who you are and the message that you are trying to convey? Keep in mind that this is the only part of the application where you really have the opportunity to individualize yourself outside your numbers. Will the reader be left with a strong impression of who you are, what you are all about, and your suitability for a career in medicine?
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This post is excerpted from 101 Tips on Getting Into Medical School by Jennifer C. Welch, who has served as the Director of Admissions at SUNY Upstate Medical School since 2001.
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