Personal statement - too ambitious?

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    I am mentioning in my personal statement that the medical field I am most interested in is neurosurgery. Do you think it's too ambitious? Won't the admission officers think that I think too highly of myself when I'm not even in med school yet?
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    No, this shows you have a clear mind to where you are going and not just 'medicine', which ultimately shows you are dedicated and will be ambitious to complete the course and not drop out
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    No, not at all. It's good to be interesting in something specific. You could make yourself sound arrogant if you suggested you were a nailed-on certainty to become a neurosurgeon, but just having the interest and ambition to do it is great.
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    It's not too ambitious however remember you're applying for a degree, not a job.

    Without some experience shadowing or something, I would question the use of previous characters to simply state an interest which may change once you start the degree.
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    (Original post by Kvothe the Arcane)
    It's not too ambitious however remember you're applying for a degree, not a job.

    Without some experience shadowing or something, I would question the use of previous characters to simply state an interest which may change once you start the degree.
    I am volunteering at a hospital and I have a lot of experience from labs - now I have an internship where I research neurophysiology. Unfortunately it is impossible to do shadowing in my country so I'm hoping this will be enough...
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    (Original post by barborazel)
    I am mentioning in my personal statement that the medical field I am most interested in is neurosurgery. Do you think it's too ambitious? Won't the admission officers think that I think too highly of myself when I'm not even in med school yet?
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    By all means include it. *You don't need to say 'I am going go work as a neurosurgeon', you can just say 'neurosurgery is a field I find particularly interesting' or something similar. You can then go on to say why you find it interesting, so discussing relevant work experience, and maybe books you've read as a result.
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    The truth is that they're barely going to read the first sentence.
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    (Original post by Lemon Haze)
    The truth is that they're barely going to read the first sentence.
    Unless you're applying to Bristol 😊
 
 
 
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