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Northwestern Health Sciences University

Writing & Citing

Use this guide to find tools and resources to help you write more clearly, easily and with confidence.

Personal Statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to write your story—to show the Admissions Committee in 5300 characters or less why you have chosen to pursue a career in medicine or dentistry. Above all else, a personal statement must be personal. Through this statement, Admissions Committees catch a glimpse into the person that you are, into the physician/dentist that you could become. Consider it your chance to stand out among the crowd of applicants, to be something more than just a piece of paper with an excellent GPA or a phenomenal MCAT/DAT score. There are many ways to write a personal statement. For helpful resources to assist you in creating an unforgettable one, check out the list below. 


Writing Lab

Angela Haug is the main point of contact in the writing lab for writing personal statements. She has helped students craft their statements from the time they're students at NWHSU through the application process.

If you are in the process of writing a personal statement, feel free to set up an appointment with her.

Email: and ask for her.  

Telling vs. Showing Writing Techniques

Knowing the difference between telling and showing writing techniques can greatly enhance the quality of your personal statement or scholarship essay. To learn more, check out the following presentation.