Personal Statement

“Cool Story, Bro”: How to Tell A Worthwhile Story in Your Personal Statement

“Cool Story, Bro”: How to Tell A Worthwhile Story in Your Personal Statement

By Ryan Kelly

“Cool story, bro.”

Hang out with young people long enough, and you might just hear this phrase. As Urban Dictionary notes, it’s a sarcastic expression “used to indicate one's disgust or indifference towards a tl;dr story.” In case you’re wondering, “tl;dr” stands for “too long; didn’t read.”

Top 6 Reasons Reapplicants Didn't Get In And What to Do About It

Top 6 Reasons Reapplicants Didn't Get In And What to Do About It

By: Ryan Kelly

Join the club. If you’ve been rejected from medical school, that makes you normal. 60% of applicants DON’T get in. The people who get in are the unusual ones.

Okay, so maybe that’s not that comforting, but if you’ve been rejected from medical school, you have a choice: you can take this extra year to become a better person and a better applicant.  You can learn from the mistakes of last cycle, really consider whether this is the right career for you, and re-apply with even more confidence that you’ve made the right choice.

What Separates the Typical from Stand-out Pre-Meds

What Separates the Typical from Stand-out Pre-Meds

By: Rob Humbracht

One of our core philosophies is based on a question that most pre-meds aren’t asking before they apply to medical school.

“Why should medical schools accept you? What makes you stand out?”

If you’re scratching your head right now, you’ll want to take some time to answer this question for yourself.

Every Question You Have About the AMCAS

Every Question You Have About the AMCAS

Filling out the AMCAS can be a bit cryptic, leaving pre-meds with many pressing questions. Whether it’s basic info like deadlines, or nuanced questions about specific parts of the application, we’ve got you covered!  

Welcome to our AMCAS FAQ!

The Art of Writing A Most Meaningful Essay

The Art of Writing A Most Meaningful Essay

By: Ryan Kelly

Imagine writing 730 pages to narrate the events of one day.

In Ulysses, James Joyce uses 18 chapters to traverse the novel’s 24-hour timeframe. The story flashes back and forth, alludes to myths, includes cheeky puns, and fluctuates between prose and Leopold Bloom’s stream-of-consciousness. In the end, you’re left with a deep impression that resonates - a book that’s even more comprehensive than it seems.

Savvy Pre-med's Ultimate Guide to Writing Your Medical School Personal Statement

Savvy Pre-med's Ultimate Guide to Writing Your Medical School Personal Statement

By: Ryan Kelly

The personal statement is a cruel beast - but what kind of beast?

For some, it might be a leviathan with countless tentacles going in every direction. For others, a sphinx or a centaur - some hybrid monster that can’t decide what it wants to be. Or perhaps it’s a hydra whose new heads keep growing no matter how many you cut off.

How to Know Your Personal Statement is Finished

How to Know Your Personal Statement is Finished

By: Ryan Kelly

“Voila! Magnifique! It’s perfect - my masterpiece, my opus - it’s finally complete!”

I’ve never once heard these words come out of a pre-med’s mouth. Since the personal statement is challenging and the stakes are high, pre-meds usually struggle to know when their essays are finished.

This doubt can cause them to overthink, share their essays with too many people, and make unnecessary changes that reverse their progress.

Our First Facebook Live Event - February 2018

Our First Facebook Live Event - February 2018

Our first Facebook Live event answered questions about applying to medical school, with a special emphasis on writing your personal statement. Do you have questions you want answered live? Email your medical school admissions questions to our Head Advisor, Rob Humbracht, for our next Facebook Live event. All questions welcome.