Many of my clients have written to me to let me know that they had been accepted and to thank me for helping with their Personal Statement, Letter of Recommendation, and/or Disadvantaged Status Essays. I believe that my work often results in acceptance because I draft/edit statements that contain the requisite elements of community spirit and personal character, on the one hand, and the celebration of diversity on the other. This serves to provide a slight edge to many successful applicants, helping them to stand out from their closest competitors.
The anonymous examples posted on my site are several years old and are the personal statements of people originally from all over the world, in keeping with the international spirit of Dental School. When faced with many more applicants than space available, with many applicants having more-or-less similar grades and examination scores, the Personal Statement is the only basis upon which to make the decision of who will be accepted and whose application will be rejected.
Most of my clients are people for whom English is a second language. Almost all are multilingual and many have extensive experience from outside the United States. Some are already dentists who have completed their training and already practiced dentistry in their country of origin; and now they are applying to Advanced Placement Programs leading to the DDS degree in America, Canada, England and Australia. Most of my clients also share an interest in serving the desperate need for extensive new initiatives in oral health care geared towards meeting the needs of societies’ most vulnerable sectors in the Developing World.
I am convinced that one’s ethnicity, language skills, and multicultural experiences need to be woven together in a most eloquent fashion in your Personal Statement, as interconnected themes that radiate throughout your admission essay. Your ethnic or racial background and international aptitudes are your greatest assets as an applicant, and they need to be carefully related to both your short and long term goals. I do everything that I can to make your personal statement to dental school as effective as possible. After a careful review of your material, I often ask you highly specific questions born from my many years of experience writing dental statements. I am a seasoned expert concerning what is important to include, and what is not. I have also had a great deal of practice at condensing a lot of material onto two to three double-spaced pages or approximately 5200 characters with spaces.
Often, in both the questions that I write for you as well as the statement itself, I contribute creative ideas that help to make your case for admission much more powerful. Dental school is extremely competitive. It is not enough to suggest that you are hoping to contribute to the diversity of the program; you must demonstrate in especially creative ways how your own unique combination of high motivation and multicultural background makes you uniquely suited to dentistry and that you have enormous potential for meeting the oral health care needs of the planet’s underserved populations.