The Explorer #002: How to Write a Personal Statement

Welcome to the second episode of our brand new podcast, The Explorer!

After the first episode we got some good feedback from our international dentist community, and that makes us really happy! We’re doing this for you, to help you the best we can, so it’s naturally important to us that we’re working on something  you find valuable. From the feedback we’ve gotten back, seems like we’re on the right track!

This week, we answer an audience question. It’s we because Kevin joined me as a co-host for this episode.

Kevin, in case you don’t know, is my partner in life and in International Dentist Central.


In This Show We Discuss


For this episode we answer an audience question around writing a personal statement.

This is a big question that has multiple facets to it. I invited Kevin on the show to tackle this question together.

The main theme of this show is: The Do’s and Don’t’s of a personal statement.


Links Mentioned in this Show


University of Maryland, Scholarships Office Personal Statement Guide

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Thanks for Listening!


Thanks again for joining Kevin and I for the show today.

A personal statement is so important, I don’t know how I can even stress this part enough to get the point across. Hopefully this discussion we had clarifies some things for you.

If you’ve enjoyed this show, please take a moment to leave us a comment below!




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  1. Fatima December 18, 2016 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    This conversation has been like a beam of light in a dark room. Thank you so much, very informative.

  2. Shashi April 9, 2015 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Dear Dr. Alyssia and Mr. Kevin,

    Thanks for such a great information. I have a question regarding the SOP.

    If we have less GPA (<3.0) because we have failed in BDS in 1 or 2 courses in dental school. Please let us know if we should mention that and the reason behind the failure. If we have failed in NBDE 1 or 2, should we even mention that in the SOP and say why the failures are not true indicators of our capability and tell the reason for the failure.

    Please let us know what we need to address in SOP in such scenarios.

    Thanks once again for all your information.


  3. sara March 26, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

    thank you for these great tips!

  4. Tarak February 6, 2015 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    the podcast is not accessible, appreciate if you could please look into it.

    • Kevin Marshall February 6, 2015 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks for letting us know. We recently updated our site and a few things were not working. It’s fixed and ready for listening now 🙂

  5. Marziyeh February 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I want to know how many characters can be used to make the personal statement not that long for the reader to read,

    Also, would you mind to explain how we could make it inspiring? Is using too much “I” in personal statements correct?

    In addition, how we should write about our achievements ?

  6. Marziyeh February 3, 2015 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Could I write my personal statements without mentioning that why I have chosen dentistry as a career for myself?

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