Making it to med school is not very easy. Aside from your GPA and test scores, one of your tickets to med school is an outstanding admissions essay. Here are some tips from SOWN on how to write an admissions essay:
Do not exaggerate the language used.Pretend that you are charged for every word you type. How can you keep the imaginary cheaper?
Aside from this, you also have to avoid the use of cliches and high falutin words. Make it easier for your readers to understand what you want to say and make sure that your essay won’t sound like all the others. Cliches can make your essay seem less creative, boring, and lacking imagination.
According to the author of the blog post:
…medical terminology is not strictly necessary to convey a point. A layman might have difficulty understanding your essay.
Using jargon and technical terms on your essay will make it sound superficial. Even if you’re applying for med school admission, the essay doesn’t have to be filled with medical terms just to impress your readers.
Know what to include in your admission essay
It is important that you plan what you want to include in your essay. You can, for instance, talk about reasons for wanting to become a doctor or qualities that make you a good one.
Mark your success but do not sound arrogant. Even a bad sense can bomb your essay and leave the Committee worried about who you are.
So you won’t sound like you’re bragging, you should not merely list down your accomplishments. You have to use anecdotes and other creative tools so you can talk about your achievements without sounding like you’re too full of yourself. Use them to support your claims and explain why you think you’re qualified. It also pays to be straightforward when you explain your point.
The author also adds:
This is the most common mistake I see people do. Keep your personal explanation for less than a standard, single-spaced page.
This will keep the readers from being bored when reading your essay. If you directly say what you want to say, you can spare a few more pages for more interesting details about yourself.
You can also try a creative approach. Here’s a tip on the use of creativity to keep the readers from getting bored.
Similarly, when thinking about creative approaches to structuring your essay, use good judgment. You might wish to experiment with structures that are more interesting and creative than the obvious ones (the chronological, the topical, and so on). A creative approach will make your essay stand out from the pack. Keep in mind, though, that all of the above advice about consistency also applies to your essay’s overall structure.
Be warned though, that creativity can backfire if not used well. Present details or stories in a more interesting manner without causing confusion and compromising clarity.
Your admissions essay can make or break your application. You need to work hard to ensure that your essay is not only acceptable but noteworthy.