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Essay - Statement of Purpose (SOP)

What is SoP?
SoP is the only thing that you control completely and your only way to talk to admission officers directly. It is an essay, where you prove you candidature and why you should be given admission.

Why is an SoP needed?
SoP gives an idea about your personality, potential, goals, and expertise to admission officers. All others documents act as a supportive to your main statement of purpose. It is SoP that really wins you an admission.

Some of the answers admission officers will look for in your SoP

  • Why do you want to study abroad?
  • Why do you want to study particular field?
  • Why are you choosing that school?
  • How was your interest developed for that field?
  • How much are you prepared for the field?
  • What are you goals and how graduate studies can assist you?
  • Are your abilities reflected in your academics and test scores and why?
  • Have you ever had any academic accomplishments?
  • What kind of skills do you possess related to your academic field?
  • What are your interests and accomplishments other than studies, but related to it?

Some Organizational needs of an SoP

  • Coherent flow
  • Logical structure
  • Formal language
  • Correct tone (Must not be very aggressive)

Some useful tips

  • Be precise
  • Be concise
  • Use thesaurus
  • Use transitions between paragraphs
  • Do not experiment
  • Make your purpose clear
  • Make many drafts and read it many times to find the smallest mistake
  • Give time and have patience
  • Write different SoPs as per schools and programs

Don'ts in SoP

  • Don't try to write about your life
  • Don't underestimate length limitation
  • Don't discuss your weak points
  • Don't lie
  • Don't write long chronological histories
  • Don't copy
  • Don't try new things

Dos in SoP

  • Create your image as early as possible
  • Sell your image accurately
  • Include real life examples
  • Reflect your enthusiasm into your SoP
  • Make strong and clear impression
  • Use creative writing only if you are comfortable and confident
  • Use active from

Some words to avoid: significant, invaluable, appealing to me, interesting, exciting, excited, appealing aspect, challenging, enjoyable, enjoyed, I like it, satisfying, satisfaction, I like to contribute, it's important, rewarding, valuable, fascinating, gratifying, helpful, appreciate, meant a lot to me, feel good, I like to help, stimulating, remarkable, people, incredible

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