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Can my Common App essay be about my life goal?


Can my Common App essay be about my life goal of being a doctor?


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Yes it can be about anything as long as it shows your character and reflects who you are. I would be careful with this subject though since it may be too tempting to only talk about your future and not your past (which colleges care a lot about). Thus i would recommend to discuss the experiences that led to this life goal and what caused you to want to go into medicine. I would focus on primarily your experiences and how that has shaped who you are and thus explains why you want to be a doctor.

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Agree with @Ree1 that the essay focus should primarily be the experiences that shaped you into who you are & how they influenced your career choice, instead of just talking about how you want to be a doctor. Here's a great video that explains why I think this way & that goes more into detail about this topic:

The video is great overall but skip to 3:15 if you want to hear the advice regarding tips for writing about having a passion for science/biology/pre-med. Hope this is helpful!