In Three Years Before I was born in

Diego, my parents fled their native Cuba to escape Communism and the repression of Fidel Castro's regime. They spoke barely a word of English and started their new life in America with little more than the clothes on their backs. There were no provisions in the 1960s in area schools for Spanish-speaking children, so my early years in the educational system were difficult. Eventually, though, my academic progress enabled me to take the California Proficiency Exam and score sufficiently well that...

Questions to Ask Yourself

What's special, unique, distinctive, or impressive about you or your life story What details of your life (personal or family problems history, any genuinely notable accomplishments, people or events that have shaped you or influenced your goals) might help the committee better understand you or help set you apart from other applicants When did you originally become interested in this field and what have you since learned about it and about yourself that has further stimulated your interest...

At First Glance The Most remarkable thing about

Me might seem to be the fact that I have the temerity to apply to law school in the first place. I have a blemished academic record that includes both withdrawals and failing grades, and by the time I receive my degree in May, I will have spent six years as an undergraduate. Looking beyond these statistics, however, to the harrowing circumstances of my personal life, it quickly becomes clear that what is much more remarkable is the fact that 1 have survived at all. In retrospect, 1 see that I...

As A Native Of Los Angeless inner city where

Gang violence and drugs are key aspects of the landscape, 1 was one of the lucky few to survive childhood with spirit and ambitions intact. The poverty and despair that were all around me crushed the hopes and dreams of many of my peers few finished high school, and even fewer went on to college. Most are now unemployed, in jail, or dead. This sad circumstance is something that is never far from my consciousness even now, as I face the exhilarating prospect of entering law school and beginning...

My Longtime Fascination with politics and

International affairs is reflected in my participation, starting in high school, in activities such as student council, school board meetings, Vietnam war protests, the McCarthy campaign, and the grape boycott. As each new cause came along, 1 was always ready to go to Washington or the state capital to wave a sign or chant slogans. Although 1 look back on these activities today with some chagrin, 1 realize they did help me to develop, at an early age, a sense of concern for social and political...

David Trabilsy

Assistant Dean for Admissions The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine IN TERMS OF CONTENT, there's nothing specific that we're looking for. I strongly feel this is entirely within the purview of the applicant to determine. In meeting with premed students I do not make specific suggestions concerning the content of the essay. The essay may be used any way the applicant wishes, and we do see a variety of central themes and writing styles. With respect to the very hasir ronsmicrion of rhp...

Dr Andrew G Frantz

Chairman, Committee on Admissions College of Physicians and Surgeons Columbia University WE LOOK FOR HONESTY as far as we can discern it , simplicity, straightforwardness. 1 lend to be put off by too many self-congratulatory statements, such as, I'm an excellent candidate for medical school 1 have great compassion that kind of thing. One person wrote, As part of my personality, I radiate a high degree of warmth and sincerity and that was not good. Try to sound natural A lot of students would...

Preparatory Questionnaire

am applying to_and must prepare a personal statement as a part of that process. 1 want to be sure to include all relevant data about myself and my background, so I am soliciting information from various individuals who know me and whose judgment I value. Thank you for your help. 1. What do you think is most important for the admissions committee to know about me 2. What do you regard as most unusual, distinctive, unique, and or impressive about me based on our association 3. Are you aware of...

Not Every Dental School Applicant has

Supported himself for five-and-a-half years jousting and swordfighting in a Las Vegas show. This colorful and physically demanding work is actually just one of a number of nontraditional elements of my background. My academic history in particular is likely quite different from what you normally see. I am 26 years old and will not be completing my undergraduate work until next spring. Working each night, for a total of 42 hours a week, has forced me to structure for myself an educational...

Judith Goodman

Student Services University of Michigan School of Business Administration WE'RE LOOKING FOR A CLEAR, concise response. We're also looking for appropriate or correct English, good writing skills, and some indication of focus in career objective. We do not want to bring in someone who doesn't know yet what he or she wants to do. If the applicant is not sure if the next step should be the MBA degree, then that needs to be given careful consideration before he or she becomes a really viable...

Stephen Christakos

Kellogg Graduate School of Management Northwestern University I'M GOING TO TALK MOSTLY about one essay that is fairly common among schools, the one that deals with why you're applying to a certain professional program and school and where you're headed careerwise. In this we're looking for students who show good self-awareness and a good sense of career awareness. We want students whose motivation for pursuing an MBA is clear, who seem to understand well what...