This is the part of a series of blog posts wherein members of the 6med team attach and comment on their own medicine personal statements. Millie applied to study Medicine at Cambridge, Imperial, Newcastle and Southampton, and received offers from Cambridge, Imperial and Newcastle.
Please be aware that these examples are meant purely for the sake of inspiration, and should absolutely NOT be used as a model around which to base your own personal statement. UCAS have a rather strict system that detects plagiarism – more details can be found here: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track/filling-your-application/fraud-and-similarity
Personal Statement and Comments
Wow, reading this back it makes me cringe. I used this start because I wanted to show my commitment to medicine from a young age. It was also a nice change from the standard “I really want to study Medicine/I love helping people” first sentence. I put those reasons in later – they may be cliché but they are also true.
In this paragraph I’m talking about schoolwork and relevant extracurricular activities. I would suggest not lingering on any one point for too long. It’s important to introduce your hobbies as well as explain why you’ve mentioned it, for example what skills it demonstrated and how it will help you in the future.
I used my work experience to slip in something I’d read recently in a news article. This showed I was up to date on health news – I’d have to be prepared to talk about it in interview though. I also managed to seek in some knowledge on NHS management – but once again I’d need to be confident on NHS structure and current government reforms.
A bit of bragging never hurts! I also showed my interest in science (more for Oxbridge) and gave them topics to bring up at interview. Personal statements are your only chance to exert some control on your interviews by giving them talking points. I ensured I had a few recent science articles in my head in case I was asked at interview. I also linked my EPQ (an example of independent learning) with an extracurricular activity.
Standard paragraph about my extracurriculars. I used this paragraph to drop my “buzzwords” e.g. communication, perseverance, leadership etc.
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