There are many things that will be in your autobiography that will not make it into your personal statement.
The personal statement allows you to highlight what you feel is important about yourself and perhaps explain any discrepancies in your application.
Writing consultants in the Academic Resource Center will be available throughout the late spring and summer to assist you.
There will be a workshop set up in April as a follow-up to the fall workshop to go over the process of writing a personal statement.
The autobiography is simple, thorough and straightforward.
It is typically longer than the personal statement (AMCAS 5,300 characters, so about 1 ½ pages) and proceeds chronologically.
It should be easy to read but does not have to have stellar prose, a theme running through it, or be perfect. You may want to begin thinking about it it in the fall or winter prior to applying even though you will not need it before June.
It is one way we learn about your background, upbringing, earliest interests and activities, decision to come to Tufts, and the various things and experiences you have had here over recent years. The fall workshop for upperclassmen planning to apply in the next cycle focuses on this.
Your statement should let the reader learn something more about you than what the application has already told them.
The reader should conclude that you would be an excellent physician and a wonderful addition to her medical school.