January 25, 2020
Top 10 Mistakes
Med School Essays
Due to the stiff competition to get into medical school, the last thing you want is your application to be denied because of making common mistakes that you can avoid. We don’t want you to make any of the 10 mistakes below that can cost you.
- Being Fake: It’s important to present the true version of yourself in your application. The last thing you want is to be pretentious because the admissions committee is likely to take notice.
- Criticizing Other Applicants: Don’t make statements that criticize other applicants. Not only is this unprofessional but also brings out the wrong personality.
- Using Complex Words To Show Off Your Vocabulary: In most cases, individuals who use really fancy words in their applications are trying to cover up for their poor writing skills. Stay away from this habit.
Include Extracurricular Activities
Medical School Application
- Failing To Include Significant Extracurricular Activities And Accomplishments: To avoid making this mistake, have a list of activities and accomplishments noted down somewhere in chronological order. This will make filling the section easy and help you to provide accurate and up to date information.
- Going on and on: No one in the committee wants to review an application of someone who has rambled without substance. Save the reviewer’s time and keep them glued to your essay by providing factual and highlighted information. Don’t get into the minor details that don’t add value to your application. Be very concise and clear when writing your essay or personal statements.
Triple-Check Your Profile
Grammar And Spelling
- Submitting To The Wrong School: Since some applicants want to minimize the work they do, they will copy and paste the same answer without making any adjustments in the school names and then forward the application. Not only is this embarrassing but can also ruin your chances of getting accepted at the school. Always triple-check your profile before submitting.
- Violating The Character Count: Pay attention to the character limit given since it should allow you to state the facts without exceeding. Remember that quality is more important than quantity.
- Grammar And Spelling Errors: Though you have a lot of writing to do, it’s still no excuse to submit an application with countless grammar and spelling mistakes. Give your application to someone else to read it. Revise it on your own multiple times before you finally submit.
- Using Clichés: Avoid the clichés because they not only show your lack of creativity but also the fact that you do not read widely comes out instantly. You’d rather describe things in a simple manner that the admissions committee can understand.
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