As you stand at an important juncture or crossroads of your career, you realize that it is important to write impactful admission essays or personal statements.
As much as it is to be good at academics, skills and extra-curricular activities. If a pharmacy school is what you are aiming at, then you might be wondering how you are going to do it, when you are never going to write an essay as a pharmacist.
Reach out to the Committee
But then, just imagine, there are hundreds of applicants with very little to choose between them in terms of test scores, academics or skills. The admission committee would have a tough job selecting the good ones and your personal statement is probably the one means for them to differentiate. It is your best chance to speak your mind and bring out your intent or even desperation in joining the course.
This essay is your personal statement that convinces the committee members that you have it in you to be a pharmacy school student and a pharmacist later on. It shows your interest in a career in pharmacy at that institution and how you would be a great fit at the university, make contributions to the student body, and what makes you a better fit at the university when compared to the other candidates.
Mark your Intent
First up, your essay should catch the attention of the committee positively, equally dwelling on how you would add value to yourself and to the institution by being a pharmacy student. You need to show why the committee wouldn’t go wrong in admitting you. Dwell on why you want to be a pharmacist and about differentiating yourself from a doctor, though both are about healing people. Think deeply over it and keep a response ready.
Secondly, keep yourself updated about the pharmacy world, the industry, the science behind it and general direction in it. It is going to take a lot of research to find out about the pharmacy world, since there is a lot happening there. You would also need to dig deep within to bring out your intent on pharmacy to convince yourself and then the committee. The letter needs to show your commitment and conviction and if you think some personal anecdotes or experiences would add weight, then narrate it, briefly and well.
Let the Letter be You
A pharmacy school essay cannot materialize in a jiffy and would need time, effort and thought. You can take help from friends, experts in the field, or websites but do not forget that you have to be original, convincing, crisp, genuine, warm and sincere. The letter should be full of positivity, hope and better expectations, irrespective of how your performance has been or any minor blemishes along the way. Keep away emotions as much as you can, because they tend to be momentary and non-relatable, especially when they are not relevant at the interview stage. Use them only when they project you in better light.
Whatever you put into the letter must be relevant and genuine. There is no point talking about your elementary school 50m race or your video game expertise if it is not going to show you in positive light in the context of the admission.
Along with the admission essay you are going to add other documents such as your transcripts, recommendations and the like. You would do well not to repeat the details of those in your letter since they can stand up for themselves just like the letter should.
Pay attention to the structure and flow so that it takes along the reader smoothly. Proofread it yourself and get an additional pair or pairs of eyes to check them.
Convince yourself that discipline, dedication, talent and empathy are great values that would be brought to the fore in this profession but the pharmaceutical field has its own stresses, tensions and heartbreaks. Make yourself aware about this and let this shine through in your admission essay. Let your commitment come through, along with the awareness of the difficulties and your strength and excellence that will take you past them.
If you have taken care of these aspects, you have a clinching admission essay for sure and get that much closer to being a pharmacy professional. Good luck on your new educational venture.