Welcome back Juniors and Seniors!!! Are you getting ready to apply to medical or dental school this year? If so, you are probably finding yourself busy with upper level course work and trying to find time to balance study time for your MCATs or DATs. It’s a big year, so here are a few things to keep in mind: along with rounding out your experiences that you need before applying (like clinical/patient care experience and shadowing), you should also be thinking about the reflective process you need to engage to write your personal statement (don’t wait until May or June … that pressure will make writing your personal statement so much harder). And with these quick insights, lets talk about three must-know tips for you:
- Don’t cut back on your course load to prepare for and take your MCATs or DATs (and very especially, don’t cut back to less than a full-time course-load … unless you have very specific, very special circumstances … like you also work 40 hours a week to pay for your education while being in school … but generally speaking for the most of you, don’t cut back). If you do, it can negatively impact your competitive status. It can make it look like you can’t handle the academic rigor. And that’s NOT a good thing!
- Give yourself LOTS and LOTS of quality time to write your Personal Statement. Know that to write a truly competitive statement is going to take thoughtful effort and dedicated time! Ensure you answer the question of why you want to be a doctor or dentist (including how you know by providing examples of experiential support). In my experience, almost always, students underestimate what it takes to truly write a competitive personal statement. As the personal statement usually carries significant weight in your application package, don’t back down now. Think of all the hard work you’ve put into preparing for this moment. This is not the time to stop giving it your all! (Upcoming future offering: I am putting together a webinar for how to write the best personal statement, ever! Stay tuned for details. We’ll do the webinar in the spring!)
- Practice and prepare for your interviews. Your goal isn’t to rehearse constructed responses, but to learn how to competitively respond to different types of MMI prompts (multiple mini interviews) as well traditional interviews, effectively think on your feet, and to present yourself professionally with proper interview etiquette.
For more on these tips and for your upcoming application cycle, check out the course offerings inside The Best You PAL Academy. Here are just a few examples of some of the courses available:
And so many more!!!
I wish you a very happy, productive, and successful year as you dig deep and make the most out of this final pre-application push!!! Make sure to stay tuned for the Personal Statement writing webinar I’ll be offering in the spring!
Mary Kate :0)