Personal Statement Talk at Taylors College Subang Jaya

22 July 2015

On 22 July 2015, a Personal Statement talk was given to prospective medical students at Taylors College Subang Jaya by Joanna Wong, an incoming 4th year medical student and Ang Wan Wei, an incoming 3rd year medical student at Imperial College London. Approximately 100 pre-medical students attended this talk held on a Wednesday afternoon.

This Personal Statement talk by MMI UK was different from other talks due to various reasons:

  • It did not merely cover the structure of a Personal Statement, but included little and subtle tips and tricks that result in huge differences and impactful outcomes.
  • It was given by current medical students who have successfully gone through the arduous process of applying to medical school in the UK, and therefore the advices given were backed by actual tangible experience.
  • Real examples of personal statements by successful medical students currently studying in top universities like University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and University College London were used to inspire the students.
  • An interactive session which allowed the students themselves to point out and correct mistakes in a flawed personal statement was held. This gives the students the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of admission tutors and note for themselves what works and what doesn’t.

The slides used in the talk can be found here.

At the end of the entire session, students came up to both speakers and were given the chance to personally ask questions where responses were tailor-made to the students.

The beauty about this event is that pre-medical students got to mingle with those who have been through the system, such that advices given were based on real-life personal experiences, something rare to find on one’s own initiative. In summary, the event was a success and the students who attended benefited from the talk.

 

by Joanna Wong