I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t take well to criticism about my writing. But since the stakes are so high during the admissions process, I’ve forced myself suck it up and share my personal statement and secondaries with people who I trust and who know me well. Yesterday, someone in my lab offered to review an autobiography that I’ve been having particular trouble with. I felt pretty okay about my draft initially, but after hearing their feedback, I realized that there was significant room for improvement in terms of clarity and showcasing my personality.
This same principle applies to any important writing you do throughout your career as a premedical student: initial emails to PIs, summer program applications, and final essays. If you don’t know who to ask for an extra set of eyes, feel free to message me. I’m no English major, but I’ve been told by English profs that they were surprised to learn I was an engineering student, and that says something. ;D