piece of writing has an audience and a purpose.
All Star Essays will help you craft a personal statement that
connects with your audience and moves you toward your admissions
As a dental
school applicant, you may face a double writing task. If you are
applying to dental schools through the AADSAS, you will have to
write a personal statement as part of that process. You may also
have to write additional essays as part of your secondary
applications to your targeted dental schools.
The audience for your personal statement and essays is
the admissions committee of each dental school you are applying
Your purpose in writing your AADSAS personal statement
is to give committee members an idea of who you are as a
person and to persuade them of your genuine interest in and
commitment to the dental profession.
Your purpose in writing your secondary essays
varies by school. Some applications will ask for more
information about your background and interests; some will ask
about you interest in that particular school; and some will ask
you to respond to a question or comment.
Admissions committee members have a good idea from the rest of
your application of whether or not you're qualified for dental
school. They've seen your DAT score and GPA, and your
transcripts and resume. Those numbers pretty much tell them
whether you have the intellectual and academic ability to
succeed in dental school.
What they don't know is whether you have the 'soft' qualities
that schools look for in dentists. Are you sensitive to the
emotional, social, and cultural issues you are likely to
encounter as you work with patients? Are you compassionate? Can
you explain a technical issue to a patient or family member as
clearly as you can communicate instructions to a colleague? Are
you patient? Are you resilient?
Your essays are your chance to answer those questions.
Think of your essays as a preliminary interview on paper. You
want to show that you can think and communicate clearly and
accurately. You want to convey something of your personality, to
give your readers an idea of what you are like as a person, and
why they would welcome having you as a student and future
colleague. And you want to tell your readers something that will
stick in their minds and help them distinguish you from the
scores of other qualified applicants with DAT scores and
academic records similar to your own.
without saying that your personal statement and essays have to
be free of grammatical errors, misspellings, and typos. Any
number of people could help you with that. However, All Star
Essays will go the extra step and help you ensure that your
statements and essays rise to the standard of effective dental
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