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I think that writing the personal statement is one of the most stressful parts of the ERAS application. Students often antagonize over what to write in the statement. Should it be a recap of your CV? Is it a a window into your life and what brought you to apply for X residency? Should you describe your values or personal traits that fit X specialty? What are the pros and cons of writing a generic statement describing briefly some elements of what made you interested in X specialty, possibly highlighting a patient case that included some of the elements, and finishing with a statement of what type of program you are applying for?