Pharmacy School Application Essay Writing Manual
You may not write many essays when you are a pharmacist, but if you want to become a pharmacist you need to get your typing fingers ready because you will be writing plenty of essays, beginning with the application essay. If you are a little nervous about writing the essay for admissions into pharmacy school, check out the following "must do's" to get your mind focused.
Get the admissions officer's attention.
The admission officer has to read a lot of applications, and your essay will be one of the many he or she may see in just one day. You need to stand out and make an impression, but make sure you do this in a positive manner. Don't show the admission officer a sloppy side of you by submitting an essay fraught with spelling errors and grammar issues. Always be professional and concise, and always edit your work. Aside from that, though, choose a story that will catch the officer's attention, or open with a tasteful joke that will make them sit up and pay attention immediately. Whatever you decide, show your personality and don't be too scared to try something new in the essay writing.
List your experiences.
Just like in a job interview, tell the admissions officer why you are someone they want at their school, not just someone that wants to be at their school. You need to high-light your skills and show the school you have the ambition to learn what they can teach you.
Talk about your passion for pharmaceuticals and people.
Pharmacy school is not about learning to fill medications and making lots of money. If you are aware of that, you need to tell the admissions officers that you are aware of that and then explain to them why you are passionate about pharmacy school and the field of pharmaceuticals. Always mention your love for helping people, because many pharmacists are called upon to work with people daily.
Research and organize.
Always list your points out before writing. List your anecdote or joke as your opening, then discuss your experiences and skills. Finally, mention your passion for pharmaceuticals and each of these points should reflect your own personality. If you need to quote articles or state any facts to back up your points, thoroughly research these before listing them so that you can show you are accurate and good at doing research. This works great in a college setting where many professors are more concerned with showing that you can research rather than showing off what you know.