Personal Statement was the biggest head ache out of the whole process. Everything else seems easy in comparison that an essay selling yourself as a person. This took so time and research. We looked over several medical school examples of personal essays. Looking at format and structure to see what would work for the point we wanted to hit for my hubby essay.
Purdue Owl had some great advice to get you thinking:
"A medical school applicant who writes that he is good at science and wants to help other people is not exactly expressing an original thought. Stay away from often-repeated or tired statements." -Jo Doran, Allen Brizee
Here is the link for there page below. personal statement
Here are some things we learned:
Get all sorts of people and professional to look your personal statement over. This means asking professors, going to the writing lab at the college or even asking fellow student's who are good at grammar. I would include someone you knows you personally so they can help you include qualities about yourself you might have forgotten and other technical writers. It is helpful to get ALL of these people to judge the different aspects of your personal statement.
Don't settle. If it is great letter and you are tired of writing and editing, leave it and start another. Maybe you will like that one better.
Start on this WAY before a deadline! Don't leave it for last. We did but still had plenty of time before a deadline but we were burned out of the process by this time.