Personal Statement: Show, don’t tell

Here’s a common personal statement writing mistake I see all the time:

“I volunteered at a clinic in Central America and helped administer medical services to underserved local people. It helped to instill a love for service and medicine in me.”

What’s the problem here? This sentence is all “tell” and no “show.” It’s a dry, boring explanation that is going to put your reader to sleep after one paragraph.

Want to keep your reader awake and fascinated throughout your essay? Show, don’t tell. Here’s an article at explaining how you can “show” in your personal statement for medical school.

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