The personal statement is not only a venue to explain why you want to go to dental school and become a dentist, but your chance to tell your story about who you are, what obstacles you have had to overcome and what you aspire to accomplish.


Your story should be centered around one or two experiences that highlight your strongest attributes and an anecdote on what inspired you to choose dentistry as your chosen profession. Once you have established what type of person you are and why you chose to apply to dental school, you should describe how you plan to contribute to the profession or describe any unique skills you’ll bring to the school. As you prepare to write your personal statement, understand that crafting an exceptional essay requires introspection and careful consideration of each sentence. The document needs to be well-organized, and try to avoid clichés, gimmicks, and tangents.