Personal statements and other essay requirements can be a daunting portion of any pre-health application. Use the resources below to answer your composition-related questions and gain confidence in your writing samples.
Augsburg University Writing Lab
Open to all students, the Writing Lab is a place where you can get one-on-one direct feedback from a trained peer. Click here to find their hours and to take advantage of the many writing-related handouts available on their page.
The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
If going to the Augsburg Writing Lab is not an option, the Purdue OWL is a great tool to use as you reach the final editing stages. It contains sections on the writing process (pre-writing and brainstorming), mechanics, grammar, and even graduate school applications specifically.
Books about Writing
The following books by notable writers have encouragement and tips on how to get started with a piece, how to find what you really want to say, and how to refine a piece you’ve already written into its best possible form. Most are available to borrow through the URGO office, so if you’re interested in one, stop by to check!
Bird By Bird, Anne Lamott
On Writing Well, William Zinsser
The Elements of Style, Strunk & White
The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
Reading Well Increases Your Writing Skill
To quote Annie Dillard from her book The Writing Life, “He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write. He is careful of what he learns, for that is what he will know.” If you’re struggling to write well, the best thing you can do is to ingest as much well-written material as possible. If all you read in a day is Facebook posts and Buzzfeed listicles, your writing will suffer. Set a goal: whether its challenging yourself to read one article from The New Yorker, The Atlantic, or another top-tier publication a day or beginning a challenging novel, the effort you spend reading will not be wasted. You will write what you read!