I have always hated writing about myself which is different than writing about my experiences. When I write about my experiences, I am trying to capture moments as I saw them, as I hope you will see them. When I write about myself, I am trying to portray myself as I hope you will see me but not necessarily writing about myself as I truly might be.
And perhaps, the former task of a limited personal statement is far easier than that of a true personal statement, but for once, I am publishing a personal essay, my MD/PhD application essay. Not because I am truly proud of it, but because I really have nothing to hide from anyone.