Personal Statements-Health Professions Program - Carnegie Mellon University

Personal Statements

As part your health professions school, you often must submit a personal statement. Traditionally, this is a one-page, single-spaced essay. The personal statement is your chance to communicate something unique about yourself to the admissions committee, and is an extremely important component of your application. It must be well written with respect to issues of style and grammar. Its content should be geared toward developing the strengths of your personality and experience, which might not come through in the data you otherwise provide on your application.

Here are some resources that you might find useful:

Some Sample Personal Statements
Here are two sample personal statements. Both are well written and unique, while demonstrating two quite different approaches. They will give you a good idea of how to effectively communicate your personality and goals while sticking to the one-page restriction on length.

Tips for Writing a Personal Statement
This document will walk you through one approach to writing a good personal statment, and talk about some of the common pitfalls. It also gives advice on how to get started if you suffer from writer's block!

Help with Writing Personal Statements