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Monday, July 20, 2009

AMCAS Personal Statement: The Hook

Every great personal statement starts with an engaging introduction. I call this “the hook.”

How are you going to keep the admissions officer interested and make her want to read past the first paragraph?

Admissions officers read hundreds of personal statements a year. How will your essay stand out?

This all starts with the hook!

You are going to grab the reader’s interest with a compelling anecdote. Be creative, but be very careful with humor or over-the-top stories. Your hook also serves as a thesis and the jumping off point from which you will explain why you want to be a physician.

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