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Medical School Essays: 5 Big Mistakes

By Ryan Hickey + updated on September 15th, 2011

Share “I have always wanted to be a doctor.”   Even if this is true, saying this in your personal statement can work against you. But what if it is true? The key stumbling block in the phrase “I have always wanted to be a doctor” is the word “always.”  What is your first memory [...]

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Getting a Jump on the 2011 Admissions Season

By Ryan Hickey + updated on September 13th, 2011

Share College Applicants What sets you apart?  What do your friends say is the best thing about you?  Their answer to this question may well offer a very good idea of what to develop in your personal statement for college. Even more important: Do your research! Go to the websites of the colleges to which [...]

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Polishing Your Work to Make it Shine

By Ryan Hickey + updated on August 23rd, 2011

Share A lot of the work is done. You’ve finished writing your admissions essay, academic paper, or personal statement, and the sense of relief that you are experiencing is a welcome change from the pressure and anxiety that you had while writing. But the most important work remains to be done: if there are grammatical [...]

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EssayEdge Updates: Editor Profiles and More MBA Essay Prompt Breakdowns

By Ryan Hickey + updated on August 9th, 2011

Share Today, I’d like to use this space to point out some things that are happening over at With the 2011-2012 application season about to shift into high gear, we’re working very hard and are excited to share some updates with you. First off, we’re pleased to announce that you can learn more about [...]

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Keeping it Personal

By Ryan Hickey + updated on August 4th, 2011

Share Your personal statement is precisely that: it is unique to you.  But after having read countless examples of personal statements, you’re probably wondering how best to set yours apart. There are many effective strategies, but today’ we’re going to focus on just three of them in this post. Facts, Facts, Facts: They Distinguish You [...]

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5 Important Considerations for your Residency Personal Statement

By Ryan Hickey + updated on July 26th, 2011

Share Medical application season is in full swing so EssayEdge wanted to use today’s blog post to provide some guidance specifically tailored to residency applicants. If you’re working on your residency personal statement and wondering how to write a great one, look no further. Follow these pieces of advice to ensure that you’re on the [...]

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The Passive Voice Gets a Bad Rap

By Ryan Hickey + updated on July 20th, 2011

Share At EssayEdge, we spend a lot of time thinking about, reading about, and directly working with the written word (go figure). In doing so, one of the things that both amuses and frustrates me is popular opinion of the passive voice. From many guides out there, you would think that use of the passive [...]

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