During the lecture, of course I was taking notes and what they were saying.
At Kings college they look at :
- Your eligibility
- Academic criteria
- Non-academic criteria
So in the non-academic criteria, you should have:
- Community activities - Do you care for others?
- Scholastic activities - Can you be a leader?
- General activities - Are you a joiner and a team player?
- Paid/voluntary work - Can you deal with the general public?
- Work shadowing/observation - Do you have a realistic view of what a career in medicine entails?
So in terms of those, I'm really close. I start my voluntary work at the British Heart Foundation tomorrow (8/10/11) hopefully to improve my communication skills and such. Community activities, I start to tutor year 11s on Tuesdays after school, starting (11/10/11) to help them with their maths GCSE exam coming up soon. I remember those days *sighs*. General activities thinking of returning to my drama group in a few months time, hopefully after the January exams, which I'm panicking for even though we are in October.
Your personal statement should:
- Reflect your experiences, commitments and achievements
- Be truthful
- Be specific
- Not plagiarise
- Express your motivation, interests and experiences.
- Be in first person ("I")
- Have an active and direct voice. E.g "I organised two weeks work experience on the labour ward."
- Only use words you understand and can explain
- Using slang or jargon, write simply and clearly
- CLICHES - "I have wanted to be a doctor since I was two" "Medicine is a dream job" "I want to free the world from pain"
- Irrelevant quotations - any quotes must be explained
- Meaningless cliches - "I am fascinated by the complexity of the human body
Tips for writing your personal statement:
- Write a series of drafts
- Organise what you say logically, write no more than 3 or 4 paragraphs, don't write two line fragments of information
- Ask someone to proof read it
- Ask yourself: what would a stranger learn about me if they read it?
- Could you break your statement into headings? If not, organise it
- Line the headings up and ask if it makes sense.
- CHECK YOUR SPELLING!
So there are some of the points I took down at the lecture. I'm going down to some more soon! Kinda excited for those! Right now, I've got to motivate myself to actually study hard. I constantly find myself doing nothing. I really need to push myself!