Facing the difficult task of choosing among often indistinguishable candidates, the medical school admissions committee must rely heavily on those factors that provide insight into the applicants' characters, and these usually boil down to recommendations and essays. What makes the essay such a useful measure is that it represents you on two fronts: the substantive details of your experiences themselves and the style and approach you take in presenting those experiences. Both aspects can and should say a great deal about your abilities and qualities.
The number one mistake that writers make is to stick to formulas and therefore end up blending in with everyone else. The purpose of this guide is not to teach formulas, but rather to give the necessary direction for you to create an original and effective essay. We will teach you how to choose appropriate topics and themes, how to structure your essay as a coherent and flowing piece, and how to convey your ideas in engaging and active language.
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