Geeta’s concern was two-fold: she worried that every line she wrote sounded like bragging instead of an honest account of her experience, and she felt extremely uncomfortable writing about herself. Despite Geeta’s numerous academic accomplishments and extracurricular/clinical experiences, she couldn’t shake the feeling of sounding insincere or like she was bragging.
We started by letting Geeta know that many candidates who come for us to help find it difficult to strike a balance between a humble, genuine account of their achievements and “bragging.” It’s also normal for some applicants to feel apprehensive about writing about themselves! We worked through Geeta’s application documents together to ensure her tone was consistent and aligned with the expectations of top medical schools. We ensured her documents were edited for tone, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, concision, and impact before she was ready to click “submit.”
Geeta was admitted through the University of Illinois College of Medicine’s Early Decision Program.