Category Archives: Personal Statement

“Understand the Factors Behind Medical School Admissions” (Kathleen Franco, “US News & World Report”)

In “Understand the Factors Behind Medical School Admissions,” Dr. Franco discusses a variety of important factors that influence medical school admissions decisions. Take the time to read each medical school’s mission statement and think deeply about how its values align … Continue reading

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“Is a Postbaccalaureate Medical Program Right for You?” (Ibrahim Busnaina, “U.S. News & World Report”)

Dr. Busnaina gives a useful overview of the advantages and disadvantages of attending a postbac medical program. If you are considering pursuing a postbac, look at each school’s required application essays as early as possible. Many require you to list … Continue reading

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“3 Ways to Stand Out in a Competitive B-School Applicant Pool” (Stacy Blackman, “US News & World Report’)

In “3 Ways to Stand Out in a Competitive B-School Applicant Pool,” Stacy Blackman gives several excellent pointers for writing successful application essays for top business schools. Most of the applicants whose essays I revise have succumbed to the fatal … Continue reading

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“How Medical School Applications Are Evaluated” (Ibrahim Busnaina, “U.S. News & World Report”)

In “How Medical School Applications Are Evaluated,” Dr. Busnaina provides helpful information on how medical schools review primary and secondary applications. He suggests being proactive if you are deferred by a school that you love. I definitely recommend calling the … Continue reading

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“4 Ways to Make Your Scholarship Essay Stand Out” (Matt Konrad, “US News & World Report”)

Matt Konrad presents several helpful suggestions for making your scholarship essays stand out from those of other qualified applicants. It is an excellent idea to reach out to former scholarship winners and get their advice on how to approach the … Continue reading

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“The Lowdown on the Online MBA” (Stacy Blackman, “U.S. News & World Report”)

In “The Lowdown on the Online M.B.A.,” Stacy Blackman makes several excellent points to consider when applying to online MBA programs. I would add that a strong applicant will need to convince the admissions officer that he or she wants … Continue reading

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How to Write the Required Essays for the Harvard Business School (HBS) MBA Program

Harvard’s essays for the MBA class of 2015 are blissfully straightforward: Tell us about something you did well. (400 words) Tell us about something you wish you had done better. (400 words) I strongly suggest following their advice: “Don’t overthink, … Continue reading

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“10 Tips for Writing the College Application Essay” (Jeremy S. Hyman and Lynn F. Jacobs, U.S. News and World Report)

In “10 Tips for Writing the College Application Essay,” Jeremy Hyman and Lynn Jacobs make several helpful suggestions, including “be vivid” and “be an individual.” However, even the most distinguished applicants worry about how to set themselves apart. I suggest … Continue reading

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“6 Personal Statement Do’s and Don’ts” (Ibrahim Busnaina, U.S. News and World Report)

In “6 Personal Statement Do’s and Don’ts,” Dr. Busnaina suggests ways to make your personal statement stand out, including why you want to pursue medicine and why you are a strong candidate. Unfortunately, even the most well-meaning medical school applicants … Continue reading

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