Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ego Boost

I'm working on my residency application this weekend.  It's TOUGH.  One of the things that I have to do is compose a summary of my "unique characteristics" to give to the person who writes my "Dean's Letter"- which they will most likely copy and paste into their recommendation letter.  So I'm sort of writing one of my own letters (that's how this portion of the letter is supposed to be, though).

I'm not a good salesman.  That's why I'm not in sales.  So I find it very hard to sell myself in this letter.  My initial draft included lots of statements like "she's a good student" and "she works hard" .  So I embarked on a trip down memory lane to give myself a little ego boost.

I looked over my medical school application (figuring that I must've looked good on paper back then if I got into med school), and some of my letters of recommendation from that.  Then I stumbled across this gem, which rocketed my ego to the moon.  THE GEM.- from USA Today

My letter now includes phrases like "possesses a certain quality of greatness" and "quite frankly brilliant".  Maybe I'm over-selling now. I'll run with it and tone it down later in the week when I've reigned in my ego.  Finding a balance is difficult.

1 comment:

  1. Just had to say that I think you are also a great writter! Your blog is good anyway :)
    Funny and informative (sometimes). Ever miss the "good ol days" of Real Life retreats? Ahh so relaxing! <3 :D