Sample essays for professional school—written by students applying for business, law, or medical school—are abundant online, and they also can be highly specialized. Many medical schools require two separate applications: one directly to the target school itself and one through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), both of which usually require essays. Both law and business schools also often require multiple essays of their applicants, with questions ranging from details about your personal background to questions asking you to write an essay exploring a controversial issue. Therefore, I provide just a few samples of professional essays here in the pdf link below, referring you to online sites in the “Self-Study” box below for further study and targeted samples.
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Overview of Professional Essay Samples
Pharmacy Student Sample
The sample essay from a pharmacy student was written during the student’s sophomore year and before she had experience in the field. Therefore, she chose to highlight her attitude towards and seriousness about her future path of study. She also discusses pre-pharmacy courses she has already completed and stresses her academic success.
Law School Student Sample
The student applying to law school to study environmental law immediately persuades readers of his commitment by telling a personal story of how environmental law affected his family business. He also traces his educational path from community college to a bachelor’s program, where he completed a technical senior thesis with ties to a government agency. With law schools just as interested in recruiting students with a diverse background and life experience as they are with seeking pre-law majors, this student builds a strong case for himself as a candidate in just one page.
Business School Student Sample
The two business application essays, written by the same applicant, are in response to questions posed by an MBA program, which is especially interested in how candidates take risks and overcome challenges. The writer handles the first question, which allows for one page to describe a personal risk and its impact, by vividly recounting a life-changing 3500-mile bike trip he took across the US with his brother at the age of 21. The second essay gives applicants two pages to describe a challenging team experience and their contributions to its success. Here, the writer has the advantage of having already worked in business for a few years after completing his bachelor’s degree, so he wisely turns to his most successful team experience at his company, where he was a project leader.
Short Medical School Student Sample
With medical school applications sometimes asking very focused questions with short answer responses, this student uses the small amount of space allotted to explain why she’s applying to med school by describing how she applied creative thinking to working with a disabled patient in a clinic. Here we recognize that the writer has the sensibility to respond individually to her future patients with respect.
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An Example Essay About Myself
I am a self-driven, motivated female. I have always been an academically bright student. I have capability to work under extremely stressful conditions. Being qualified in Agricultural sciences, I am used to working long and hard hours, around the clock. In fact, my work keeps the fires burning for me. Besides having Master’s qualification in Agronomy (Crop Sciences) from one of the best universities of the world, i.e. Punjab Agricultural University, I have also done Masters in Bioinformatics and a Master’s Diploma in Environmental Sciences.
Throughout my academic tenure, I have always attained good grades and I have also been a merit scholarship holder in Punjab Agriculture University also.
My interests include, surfing the “world wide web” in order to keep updating my knowledge. I guess, my basic instinct, is to keep learning and exploring, all the times. Reading has been my hobby since childhood, and it is an activity, in which i spend most of my weekend time, till date. I can read anything; ranging from newspapers, magazines, to science journals.
Learning human nature is one of my other interests. Nature of every human being is so unpredictable and diverse; studying, how different persons respond under various circumstances, is what i really love. It is such an interesting hobby, as you tend to learn so many different aspects of an individual’s personality.
One of my other interests is, shopping. Even if it is just window shopping, I find myself always ready for. I guess the process of shopping also involves exploring various articles, in search of finding the perfect article of your choice. This could be a reason, that shopping interests me.
As a person, i think, i am sensitive, yet self-contained. Yes, At times, i find it hard to hide my emotions, though, in general I have a good control over the way, and I carry myself.
Another aspect of my personality is that, i am a very creative person. I think, creativity is the key to any problem / situation. One has to think creatively in order to break down a problem into the smaller and more manageable components.
Yes, I am an Excellent Research Writer. I am well versed with the various formats, in which research papers are written. I have written more than ten research papers, of national and international repute. List of the same is attached herewith also.
Further, writing a research paper does, not only include a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of writing, but it also involves an analytic approach to understand the situation/problem thoroughly.
Next, it is imperative to design a proper research methodology, besides having sharp observational skills. Above all, a researcher must have an unending desire to explore the things. I think, it is this particular trait which makes me, also a successful research writer.
A research writer must be able to think coherently and logically. In fact, a good researcher is like a detective who must be able to explore, each and every outcome of a particular situation/problem, before arising at a conclusion.
A person, who is just a keen observer cannot be a good researcher, but a good researcher must also possess the quality of being able to jot down his results, in a comprehensible manner, so that valid conclusions could be drawn out of it. The researcher should not only be able to conclude his findings, but he must also have the capability to write the outcomes in a logical and easily comprehensible manner; it is only then, that his work becomes of real use to the society at large and the research community in particular.