Words of Wisdom:

"Give a man fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set him on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life." - Suvi2


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Werner Karl Heisenberg was born in Wuerzburg, Germany, on December 5, 1901, and grew up in academic surroundings.   His father was a professor at the University of Munich and influenced his son Werner, who was a student at the Maximilian Gymnasium.
      Heisenberg had the opportunity to work with many of the well known physicists in the world including Niels Bohr and Max Born.   Heisenberg received his doctorate at an early age of twenty three.   Heisenberg was not just a researcher, but a professor and author.   During his career he taught at many famous universities, including the Universities of Leipzig, Goettingen, and Berlin.  
It is a rare applicant who does not feel anxiety about writing the essay that occupy the "Personal Comments" section of the medical school primary application. In 5300 characters, you are expected to craft a composition that will impress admissions committees and intrigue them enough to offer you an interview. Nearly every applicant tells us they wish there were a pat formula they could use to produce the "perfect" primary essay. Alas, we all know there's no such thing.

"Some approaches to the personal statement are so inherently flawed that it would not be advisable to use them," states Don Osborne, president of PreMed Success. "Oddly enough, though, these problematic strategies have traditionally been some of the most popular among applicants!" A description of the worst offenders follows, along with some useful techniques for turning them around.

Pitfall #1:

The "Annotated Resume" Essay. In this kind of essay, applicants essentially rewrite their resumes, beginning with birth or some other early stage of life, and proceeding to high school and finally college accomplishments. It resembles a chronological list of events more than an essay. However, the purpose of a personal statement is to have applicants articulate as clearly as possible their most compelling reasons for applying to medical school-and highlight relevant...


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