2 years ago
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Essay on being a Pole Vaulter and a Doctor

So I’ve been working on my personal statement and I’ve been planning to use the topics of pole vaulting, since I’ve been doing it for all of hs and I’ve been doing pretty good in it, and that I want to be a doctor later on. I just wanted to know if there were any new and creative ways I could connect the two and any other suggestions toward it.

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2 years ago[edited]

I suggest that you don't restrict yourself to just the pole vaulting topic but also brainstorm some other ideas. But to keep it real, personal statement topics that are sports related are usually considered a cliche topic. It doesn't mean you can't use it for your essay but you want to make sure its somehow unique and shows some self-reflection. Then with trying to connect pole vaulting with wanting to be a doctor, it depends on what your story is. For example, if you had an experience with pole vaulting let's say an injury and that spiked an interest for medicine, that would be a way in how they can connect. But if you don't have anything like that then I don't think there's any way to combine with the doctor topic. Just make sure not to force a connection it has to be real.

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