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I am really stuck and require a catchy opening as doing medicine the course is quite competitive. Can you help??
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I am really stuck and require a catchy opening as doing medicine the course is quite competitive. Can you help??
Have you written the rest of your PS? Our teacher advised us not to originally start with the first line but instead to start with another bit we felt more comfortable with writing (for a lot of people this was super curriculars or why they want to study the course). The start then came naturally later once we were more into it.

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[QUOTE=Lemur14;78700752]Have you written the rest of your PS? Our teacher advised us not to originally start with the first line but instead to start with another bit we felt more comfortable with writing (for a lot of people this was super curriculars or why they want to study the course). The start then came naturally later once we were more into it.

I have given my first draft in but my teacher wants me to write an intro now . She says write it on why you want to do medicine but all I have is cliche openings and am very stuck.
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I have given my first draft in but my teacher wants me to write an intro now . She says write it on why you want to do medicine but all I have is cliche openings and am very stuck.
Okay so I'm sure you've said why you want to do medicine etc. In the main body. It's gonna be difficult to find something unique but still good simply because there's so many PSs written each year. And even if we gave you ideas they could then be taken.
There's a few key points you should consider:
Make sure it's obvious what subject you're applying for right from the first sentence. Obviously they know but it's something my tutor said was really important
While yes you want to capture their attention, you don't want to stand out for the wrong reasons

I think the best piece of advice for me was to try and capture in a sentence or two what my subject means for me, whether that be a personal note or something more practical. That's more my opinion though, I'm no expert!

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If you can't get a personal statement together about your burning desire and feverent call to save lives...

Forget about applying to medicine.
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Okay so I'm sure you've said why you want to do medicine etc. In the main body. It's gonna be difficult to find something unique but still good simply because there's so many PSs written each year. And even if we gave you ideas they could then be taken.
There's a few key points you should consider:
Make sure it's obvious what subject you're applying for right from the first sentence. Obviously they know but it's something my tutor said was really important
While yes you want to capture their attention, you don't want to stand out for the wrong reasons

I think the best piece of advice for me was to try and capture in a sentence or two what my subject means for me, whether that be a personal note or something more practical. That's more my opinion though, I'm no expert!

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I can write why I want to do medicine but my writing isn’t concise enough to tell you from the beginning that the personal statement is about medicine and I am struggling to embed the academic stuff in it as it’s looking quite forced at the moment.
P don’t worry any advice is much appreciated.
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If you can't get a personal statement together about your burning desire and feverent call to save lives...

Forget about applying to medicine.
Isn’t that a bit arrogant, I don’t want to come across as big headed because you can’t save every life. Your just trying to help people with what you can do....
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Isn’t that a bit arrogant, I don’t want to come across as big headed because you can’t save every life. Your just trying to help people with what you can do....
Your writing a personal statement to show your passion not your lukewarmness, it isnt about realism, you sell the university your dreams as a basis for them fulfilling them. Thats not arrogance thats true passion and showing a desire to do the course, to give the admissions tutor some differentiation as to why they should offer you their valuable spot over someone else.

Arrogance is different, arrogance would be saying "i can save all lives admit me to med school".

Your analytical reasoning might be lacking for the medical profession though im starting to believe.
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