This is the opportunity for you to tell your story. Why do you want to be a healthcare professional? What is your desire? What fueled your fire?

Think about the following:

  • Your abilities/skills and how you have demonstrated them throughout your life
  • Your personality traits
  • Major influences and/or mentors you have had throughout your life
  • Short term and term goals as they relate to your story

Ask yourself these questions as you sit down to brainstorm:

  • What is unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about my life story?
  • What details of my life have shaped or influenced my goals?
  • When did I become interested in this field?
  • How have I learned about this field through research, classes, readings, seminars, work or other experiences, or conversations with people already in the field?
  • What personal characteristics (e.g., integrity, compassion, persistence) do I possess that would improve my prospects for success in the profession?
  • How have I demonstrated these characteristics?
  • What are the most compelling reasons I can give for the admissions committee to be interested in me?

Tips to remember:

  • Unifying theme is key
  • Give good examples and explanations
  • Help your reader understand how the information is important
  • Respond to the question(s) listed on the application
  • Do not duplicate information already present in your application
  • Be precise and concise
  • Sometimes less is more
  • Use "I" and speak from the first-person voice
  • Avoid clichés
  • Cover any questionable/controversial subjects

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