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Statement of Purpose

WHAT IS A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE ?

The Statement of Purpose is the single most important part of your application that will tell the admissions committee who you are, what has influenced your career path so far, your professional interests and where you plan to go from here. recommendation

As the name signifies, the Statement of Purpose is your personal statement about who you are what have influenced your career path so far, your professional interests and where you plan to go from here. It need not be a bald statement of facts; several successful SoPs address these questions through anecdotes, stories or by describing their hero. But whether your SoP is subtle or to the point, it must be well written to be successful.

Since you will not go through an interview, the admissions committee gets to know about you as a person through your SOP. SOP is a crucial part of your application.

WRITING A WINNING STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

Before you start, check out the tips below on "Getting Started"

Determine your purpose in writing the statement

Usually the purpose is to persuade the admissions committee that you are an applicant they should choose. You may want to show that you have the ability and motivation to succeed in your field, or you may want to show the committee that, on the basis of your experience, you are the kind of candidate who will do well in the field. Whatever the purpose, it must be explicit to give coherence to the whole statement.

Pay attention to the purpose throughout the statement so that extraneous material is left out.

Pay attention to the audience (committee) throughout the statement. Remember, your audience is made up of faculty members who are experts in their field. They want to know that you can think as much as what you think.

Determine the content of your statement

Usually graduate and professional schools are interested in the following:

Your purpose in graduate study. This means you must have thought this through before you try to answer the question.

The area of study in which you wish to specialize. This requires that you know the field well enough to make such decision.

Your future use of your graduate study. This will include your career goals and plans for your future.

Your special preparation and fitness for study in the field. This is the opportunity to relate your academic background with your extracurricular experience to show how they unite to make you a special candidate.

You may be asked, "Why do you wish to attend this school?" This requires that you have done your research about the school and know what its special appeal is to you.

Above all this, the statement is to contain information about you as a person. They know nothing about you that you don’t tell them. You are the subject of the statement.