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Personal Statements

There are many reasons to write a personal statement: scholarships, graduate school, medical school, Health Professions Recommendation Committee, and more. Even if you're an excellent writer, you may need some coaching in how to write an effective personal statement. Here's a list of resources available to you:

In-Person Support:
The Peer Writing Tutors and Anne Marie Smith, Writing Learning Specialist, are available to help students with every step of writing a personal statement. We can help you get started and support you through the final draft. Peer Writing Tutors are usually available from 5-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday evenings (check the latest schedule at for details). To sign up for an appointment with Ms. Smith, please email her.

Related Books:

  • How to Write the Perfect Personal Statement, Fourth Edition by Peterson's (ISBN-13: 978-0-7689-2816-7)  Ask the BenU librarians if they can get it for you!
  • Graduate Admissions Essays, Fourth Edition: Write Your Way into the Graduate School of Your Choice by Donald Asher - 4th Edition (ISBN-13: 978-1-60774-321-7)  Ask the BenU librarians if they can get it for you!

Online Resources (General):

Online Resources (Dental):

Online Resources (Medical):

Online Resources (Optometry):

If other pre-professional groups would like to share links with Ms. Smith, she would be happy to add them to this page.

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