Personal Statement

1) What is a personal statement?

Professional applications require a personal statement by each applicant explaining what the applicants motivations for pursuing a career in this profession are and why the applicant is a highly qualified candidate. This statement should be written with perfect grammar and spelling and should be extremely clearly worded. For more information about writing your personal statement Click here.

2) What points/topics should be addressed in a personal statement?

Students need to impress an admission committee with the personal qualities that motivate their choice of this career and the abilities that will ensure their success. Students should use examples from their own experience that demonstrate their leadership, academic excellence, ethics, maturity, and other desirable personal qualities.

3) When should I start writing my personal statement?

Generally by sometime in the Fall semester prior to application. Plan to finish your statement by March 1st.

4) Will the Pre-Health Advisors read my personal statement?

Yes, if the statement is finished prior to March 1st we will read it and offer some constructive comments. Although we will point out grammatical errors we do not attempt to perfect your grammar, this is your responsibility. We will make comments about the effectiveness of the essay, clarity of language and tone of the essay.

5) Where can I find help on campus as far as proofreading and editing my essay?

For help proofreading and editing your essay you may visit the FIU Center for Excellence in Writing (305-348-6634) located in GL 125.