How well do you know how to write a quality statement of purpose? The statement of purpose otherwise called an Application Essay, Objectives for Graduate Study, Personal Background; can deny you chance of gaining admission to study that dream course of yours if not well written.
A Statement of Purpose is the single most important part of your application that will speak for you in your absence. It 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.
Writing a quality statement of purpose should be able to speak much about you and your intending program. Basically, a well-tailored SOP must be able to categorically answer some questions. Getting it right would see you at the top in the selection process.
SOP can be short but must be unique. Emphasis should be concentrated more on self-motivation, competence, potentials of the student.
A typical Statement of Purpose start by stating what you’re applying for. Let’s cite an example, if you’re going for a master’s program in any of the science related courses, you can start like…“I am applying for the Master of Science program in ………; here, You state the course you wish to study at the University. Name the university and state why you want to study the course. Example; because, I believe my innovative skills will flourish at your program as it is a place where I will distinguished myself with other vibrant students, hence, seeing me towards developing my scientific and technical knowledge.”
What then should a quality Statement of Purpose Contain?
The things statement of purpose should contain:
There is no standard way of writing a good statement of purpose, however, every university expects a student to answer to some basic questions that the admissions committee has.
If you’re able to answer these questions you are good to go
(1) What course do you want to study? Why do you want to study this course? Why do you want to study at this particular university? What do you like in us?
(2) Why did you choose to study in this particular country?
(3) What do you like about it?
(4) How much and what kind of experience you have in your field?
(5) Is your experience related to you choice of degree? If you are already experienced, what additional skills are you planning to gain from the degree?
(6) What you plan to do with your degree upon graduation?
(7) Would you choose to end up with a job or take up research?
(8) What are your expectations from both the graduate program, and the university?
(9) How can you contribute to our university and our program?
Lenth of statement of purpose
A shorter statement of purpose that is clearly written is better than a longer one.
Your statement of purpose should be about 1 to 1 1/2 pages (500-1000 words). Use normal margins and font 11 or 12, refrain from using small fonts since they are hard to read.
How to Start?
- Follow Directions
Demonstrate flair and originality.
- Be Clear and Concise
A statement of purpose is not the place to show off your academic writing skills. You must write in an active voice not passive. Remember, you’re writing a letter to a stranger. You’re trying to communicate a message, efficiently and effectively.
- Demonstrate Interest in the School
Do a proper research about the institute you’re applying for.
- Choose Your Angle Carefully
Your goal in writing a statement of purpose is to present your path through life as a story, one that the admissions committee hasn’t heard before
Once you’ve finished writing, revisit your work. Check out every wrong spellings. Remember you won’t be there when your letter would be read. Admissions officers are unlikely to throw out your statement of purpose if you misspell a word or misplace a comma, but they certainly won’t be impressed.
- Get a second opinion
Call on someone to help review it for you. Be open to constructive criticism.