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Summer Programs for Pre-Med/Health Students Jumpstart Thursday, November 14 TH, 2013. Krisztina Kecskei & Sanaz Nabati Career Counselors, UCLA. AGENDA. 4pm – 4.05pm : Welcome and Agenda 4.05pm – 4.20pm Princeton Review , Kaplan Test Prep , U.S. Army Health Scholarships

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Summer programs for pre med health students jumpstart thursday november 14 th 2013

Summer Programs for Pre-Med/Health Students Jumpstart Thursday, November 14TH, 2013

Krisztina Kecskei & Sanaz Nabati

Career Counselors, UCLA


4pm – 4.05pm:Welcome and Agenda

4.05pm – 4.20pmPrinceton Review, Kaplan Test Prep, U.S. Army Health Scholarships

4.20pm – 5pm:Career Center Services and Personal Statement Presentation (Krisztina Kecskei)

5pm – 5.45pm: Program Representatives Panel Discussion (Q&A – moderated by Sanaz Nabati)

5.45pm – 6.15pm: Student Panel Discussion (Q&A – moderated by Krisztina Kecskei)

6.15pm – 7pm: Networking

Test preparation advice army scholarship information
Test Preparation Advice & Army Scholarship Information

  • Heather Owen (Princeton Review)

  • Meredith Nay (Kaplan Test Prep)

  • Carmen Lozano SSG

    (U.S. Army Health Scholarships)

Career center services
Career Center Services

Counseling and Workshops (BruinView):

  • Same-Day Counseling

    • (Mondays-Thursdays, 10am-4pm, Fridays, 11am-3pm)

  • Career counseling by appointment

  • Career planning workshops

    Additional Services and Resources:

  • Internship and employment opportunities locally and abroad (Opportunity Lists, BruinViewsearch)

  • Graduate or professional school preparation

  • Online services at

Career center services1
Career Center Services

Pre-Health Services

Go to BruinView to sign up!

We can help you get there!


  • Writing a Winning Personal Statement (December 3rd, 2-3pm)

  • Asking for Letters of Recommendations (November 26th, 2-3pm)

    Related Services:

  • Personal Statement Critiques

  • Mock Interviews

  • Letters of Reference Service

Career center services2
Career Center Services

Career Library Resources

Library Hours

Monday – Friday (9AM to 5PM)

  • Graduate &Professional Schools (Medical, Pharmacy, Optometry, Dentistry, etc.)

  • Test Preparation

  • Career Exploration

  • Internship Zone (Opportunity Lists)

Upcoming events
Upcoming Events

Jumpstart Series

Jumpstart Series

Spring Quarter (2014)

Post-Bac/Gap Year (April 22nd)

Physician Assistant (May 14th)

Medicine (May 20th)

Osteopathic Medicine (May 22nd)

Winter Quarter (2014)

  • Internship Search (January 7th)

  • Public Health (February 6th)

  • Allied Health (Dentistry, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Audiology, Occupational Therapy) (February 18th)

  • Nursing (February 20th)

  • Pharmacy (March 5th)

  • Psychology (March 6th)

Writing a winning personal statement

Writing a Winning Personal Statement

Krisztina Kecskei

Career Counselor, UCLA

Why do you need a personal statement
Why do you need a personal statement???

  • To communicate a clear sense of purpose

  • To determine if your goals are complementary with the program you are applying for

  • To show your ability to express yourself clearly in writing

  • To share additional information regarding admissibility

The personal statement is your opportunity to
The Personal Statement is your opportunity to…

  • Present yourself as having desirable personal attributes, abilities, background, interests, and plans

  • Describe the significance of your relevant experiences

  • Explain your interest in a particular program

  • Tell them WHO YOU ARE, not just what you’ve done

  • Focus on the WHY and HOW, not just the WHAT

It should be personal
It should be “Personal”

It is appropriate and expected to include material that is personal in nature:

  • Accomplishments, experiences and true potential

  • Academic record

  • Family background

  • Socioeconomic challenges

  • Personal struggles and successes

  • How your experiences helped develop you into the person you are and hope to become

    Above all else – Help the reader get to know you as a person (not just a student)

Questions to ponder before writing
Questions to PonderBefore Writing

What is most unusual, distinctive, unique and/or impressive about you to share with the committee?

Have you overcome any obstacles or hardships?


Parents fled Cuba to escape an oppressive regime and came to U.S. as non-English speakers

Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder during first year in college

Family struggles with poverty and homelessness after bankruptcy


  • A medical school applicant who spent time in a clinic in India

  • A pharmacy school applicant who completed a research internship at a pharmaceutical company

Additional questions before writing
Additional QuestionsBefore Writing

  • Are there any events or experiences that might be of interest to the committee?

  • Are there any special qualities that I possess that set me apart from other applicants?

  • What makes me a strong applicant?

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Additional QuestionsBefore Writing

  • How have relevant experiences (internships, volunteer, shadowing, etc.) contributed to your personal growth?

  • What are the most compelling reasons the committee should be interested in you?

What critical skills do you possess (leadership, communication, analytical)?

Ideas of what to include
Ideas of what to include

  • Interpersonal Talents

  • Entrepreneurial Skills

  • Ability to Perform Under Stress

  • Unusual Background

  • Life Lessons Learned

  • Genuine Commitment to a Worthy Cause

Discuss Adversity:

  • Overcoming obstacles

  • Do not complain

  • Do not place blame

  • Never present a difficulty unless you discuss how it shaped your character and helped you grow


  • Spelling and grammar errors

  • Rambling or lack of focus

  • Analytical essay

  • Describing all relevant experiences

  • Complaining or blaming

Proof read again and again!

Drafts drafts more drafts
Drafts, Drafts & More Drafts

  • Write a first draft

  • Put it away

  • Edit and re-write the draft

  • Have it reviewed at the Career Center (Personal Statement Critique Sessions, Same-Day Appointments)

  • Pay attention to details!

Start the process early
Start the Process Early

  • You never know what might be the deciding factor!

  • We’re here for you 

“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

-John Wooden


  • Any questions?

Summer program representatives q a session

Summer Program RepresentativesQ & A Session

Moderated by

Sanaz Nabati

Career Counselor, UCLA

Summer programs representatives
Summer Programs Representatives


Site Manager

Clinical Care Extender Program

St. Francis Medical Center

Marcie Jackson

PREP Program

David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Jessica Montano

Program Representative

Summer Medical & Dental Education Program, UCLA

Jennifer Yoohanna, MS

Student Services Advisor

Master of Science in Global Medicine Program

Keck School of Medicine of USC

Student panel q a session

Student PanelQ & A Session

Moderated by

Krisztina Kecskei

Career Counselor, UCLA

Student representatives
Student Representatives

Edgar Corona (PREP Program)

RezoanaRashid (Care Extenders Internship)

Christina W. Chung (Global Medical Brigades)

Ngoc Bui (HIGH Achievement in Math and Science)

Rithika Mathias (Global Health Corps)

Thank you
Thank You!


for joining us today!

Thank you1
Thank You!


for the delicious

Raffles!!! (Kaplan Test Prep & Princeton Review)


Enjoy the NETWORKING portion of the program!

Please fill out the SURVEY regarding this event (You will qualify to win a free Jumpstart of you choice!)