How to Write a Personal Statement for Pharmacy School

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How to Write a Personal Statement for Pharmacy School
Pharmacists serve the community at the front line of medicine. (préparatrices en pharmacie image by cédric chabal from

According to the website About Pharmacy Schools, "Pharmacy is a career that deals with the management and control of drug usage through correct pharmaceutical care and health promotion." Pharmacy schools offer students a rigorous and thorough education in chemistry and mathematics, placing them ultimately in the front line of health care. Pharmacists are responsible for knowing how active chemicals work alone and in combination in the human body, and they are in charge of the distribution and utilisation of medical products. Like many other institutions of higher and continuing education, pharmacy schools are extremely competitive, and writing a good personal statement is one way to separate yourself from a massive pool of applicants.

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    Tell a captivating personal story for the first paragraph of your statement. You want to get the admissions representative interested in it immediately. You story can relate to your love of math, chemistry, or a time a pharmacist helped you, or the moment you realised you wanted to work at a pharmacy. Regardless, it should be fascinating, appropriate and make the reader want to continue reading.

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    Explain why you are more than qualified to enter this particular pharmacy school. If your grades or work experience make you qualified, use this as your explanation, but not in a boastful way. If your grades aren't that high, write that your passion and your drive are what makes you want to work hard in this particular pharmacy school.

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    Write about what makes you a well-rounded individual. Most admissions representatives have an interest in what you like to do outside of study, to make sure that they accept balanced individuals. So write about hobbies of yours that distinguish your from others. For example, maybe you collect antique butter churns or enjoy reading the memoirs of playwrights.

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    Show that you've done your research about the school. Write about the school in a specific, positive light, explaining why you want to go there in a way that shows that you truly do, and that you're not just applying to every school on an arbitrary list of pharmacy schools.

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    Print your personal statement out and give it to a teacher, parent or friend to read for feedback. Correct any errors and revise accordingly.

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