Pharmacy Personal Statement Sample
Pharmacy has the power to change people’s lives. Whether at the level of the community pharmacist offering the best advice on everyday annoyances, such as colds and flu, to high-level research into drugs that could cure a range of chronic, debilitating or life-threatening diseases, the role of the pharmacist cannot be overestimated. As an ambitious and dedicated mature student, with a desire to understand the complex workings of the human body and a love of helping other people, I firmly believe that studying pharmacy offers the best route through which my intellectual interests and personal goals can be combined.
Having completed my original school studies some time ago, it has been an inspiring and refreshing experience to return to studying in recent years. While I had demonstrated the ability and potential to perform well across all subjects when I was younger, I have found that my ever-growing interests in science have inspired even more dedication throughout my current studies. Through my current course at Kingston College I am laying a strong foundation of knowledge in all scientific disciplines, which I would then hope to complement with specific knowledge of the field through undertaking a foundation course in pharmacy.
Needless to say, as a mature student I have also gained a fair amount of experience within the working world, which has imbued me with many transferable skills that will aid me in my future studies. As a promoter for Colin Bishop Associates I gained experience of interacting with customers and clients from a range of backgrounds. This has improved my confidence in my communication skills and has honed my ability to build good relationships with all sorts of people; essential skills in the customer-focused elements of a pharmaceutical career. I have also excelled as a ‘training buddy’ for ASDA, which involves training new recruits at various stores. This role has improved my ability to work as part of a team and to communicate information in an appropriate fashion, which can also be considered an essential part of the pharmacist’s role when dealing with customers in layman’s terms.
As a mother of two, I don’t get a great deal of spare time! This has forced me to hone time management and organisation skills in order that I am able to balance my family life with the demands of continued study. Far from being a distraction from my ultimate goal, having children has actually motivated me to pursue my dream with renewed vigour. Not only am I passionate about the potential of pharmacy as a career to provide a high standard of living for my family but, more importantly, I have become ever more aware of the field’s power for good through dealing with pharmacists throughout the inevitable processes of childhood illness and seeing the good work that they do first hand.
I have worked hard throughout my life to make sure that I achieve each of my goals. Whether this is in the field of study and education or in my personal life, I have shown myself to be a dedicated, ambitious and compassionate individual who is always concerned with the well-being of others. Combining this fundamental approach to life, and to study, with a burgeoning interest in the fascinating science that underpins the field ensures that studying pharmacy is not only the most obvious but, in fact, the only subject that will allow me to deliver on my full potential, both as an undergraduate and into my career beyond.
We hope that this Pharmacy Personal Statement sample is helpful when you are writing your own.
Personal Statements – an Insider's View
James Seymour is Director of Admissions at the University of Buckingham. Here he provides some top tips for students preparing their personal statement.
Personal statements may seem formulaic but they can be critical to the decision-making process and we do read them.
This is your chance to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment and show us what value you can add to a university. In the vast majority of cases universities are finding ways to make you an offer, not reject you – the personal statement is your chance to make this decision easier for them!
If you’re applying for a high-demand course where there are more applicants that meet the criteria than places available, your personal statement could well be the deciding factor on whether or not you get an interview or audition.
First, you need to explain why you want a place on a course. You should:
- Explain the reason for your choice and how it fits in with your career aspirations/ideas.
- Give examples of any related academic or work experience.
- Show you know what the course will involve and mention any special subjects you are interested in.
- Demonstrate who you are as a person by listing any positions you’ve held, memberships of teams or societies and interests and hobbies.
- Show some consistency in your five UCAS choices. It may be difficult for an admissions tutor to take you seriously if your other choices are totally different. If you do have wildly diverging choices, it might be worth explaining this in the statement.
- keep it clear and concise – UCAS admissions is increasingly paperless – admissions tutors are reading your statement on screen.
Explain what you can bring to a course and try not to just list experiences, but describe how they have given you skills that will help you at university.
So, instead of simply:
I am a member of the college chess club. I also play the clarinet in the orchestra.
You could say:
I have developed my problem solving skills through playing chess for the college; this requires concentration and analytical thought.
I am used to working as part of a team as a member of the college orchestra (I play clarinet), cooperating with others to achieve a finished production.
Much has been written about what to put in a personal statement, but it is also important to consider how to prepare the statement.
- You could have excellent experiences but if they are arranged in a poorly-written statement then the impact will be reduced.
- On the other hand, a well-written personal statement with a structure that has clearly been planned and refined will not only make the information within stand out, it will demonstrate to the reader that you have an aptitude for structuring written pieces of work, a crucial skill that’s required for all university courses.
- It's worth putting the work in – you can use it for other things such as gap year applications, jobs, internships, apprenticeships and keep it on file for future applications too.
Some top do’s and don’ts include:
- Use positive words such as achieved, developed, learned, discovered, enthusiasm, commitment, energy, fascination…
- Use short, simple sentences in plain English — not contrived, not verbose or grandiose.
- Insert a personal touch if possible, but be careful with humour and vernacular/chatty approaches.
- Use evidence wherever possible to support your claims and statements.
- Plan the statement as you would an essay.
- Be clear and concise – the more concentrated the points and facts, the more powerful.
- Consider dividing the statement up into five or six paragraphs, with headings if appropriate.
- It’s an obvious point, but spelling and grammar DO matter.
- Draft and redraft – 10 drafts is by no means unusual – and ask others to proofread and provide feedback.
- Try to include your life history.
- Start with: "I’ve always wanted to be a..."
- Use gimmicks or quotations, unless they are very relevant and you deal with them in a way that shows your qualities.
- Be tempted to buy or copy a personal statement. Plagiarism software is now very sophisticated and being caught out is virtually a guarantee you won’t get a place.
Below are some real-life examples from students that we do not want to see again:
"I enjoy the theatre and used to go a couple of times a year." (Drama)
"I am a keen reader and am committed to the study of human behaviour through TV soaps!!"
"I have led a full life over the last 18 years and it is a tradition I intend to continue."
"I describe myself in the following two words: 'TO ODIN!!' the ancient Viking war cry." (Law)
"My favourite hobby is bee-keeping and I want to be an engineer."
"My interest in medicine stems from my enjoyment of Casualty and other related TV series."
"I enjoy socialising with my friends."
"I have always had a passion to study medicine, failing that, pharmacy." (A student putting pharmacy as her fifth choice after four medical school choices – pharmacy is just as popular and high status as medicine.)
Above all, remember that a personal statement is your opportunity to convince a university why they should offer you a place. So make it compelling and there’s a much higher chance they will.
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