Tips for Writing a Powerful Statement Of Purpose
THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU START WRITING STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
- Develop a healthy timetable for yourself, as writing Statement of Purpose would take time i.e. a month or so. Therefore, be prepared to give time to writing your SOP. Also, remember to keep a sufficient buffer time for review at the end.
- Know what are your strengths and weaknesses. You have to discuss about them in detail in your statement.
- Have your resume in front of you so that you do not forget anything important.
- Check our SAMPLE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE and templates to get an idea of format. However, make sure you do not copy.
- Before writing Statement of Purpose create a high level summary or bullet points for each paragraph. Make sure that you have covered all important items.
- Perform deep research on the program, faculty and university you are applying to because it will be good if you could relate these to your experience and/or abilities in the SOP.
- Some questions which you may need to ask yourself:
- Recall the subject you have scored the highest marks or your favorite subject.
- Important thing or concept you ever learned and experienced in your academic life.
- Most influential personality/book/object etc.
- When was the first time you decided to choose this field and why? Have these interests turned into passion?
- What are your qualities and personal traits, which would help you excel?
- Make a list of projects you volunteered and all the life experiences which inspired you to choose this career.
- You should make a different Statement of Purpose(or modify) for every university or program you are applying to.
THINGS TO DO AFTER YOU FINISH WRITING STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
- Read your Statement of Purpose loudly multiples times. This will help you to detect any grammatical and spelling mistakes in your statement.
- Ask your family members and friends to read and review your SOP as your family knows you best from a personal perspective. Consider their review comments and make changes, if necessary.
- Send your Statement of Purpose to your professor or a career counselor for review, as they have more experience from academic perspective.
- Submit your application as early as possible. The sooner the admission committee reads your SOP, the best it is, because they would be in a fresh mood and would give sufficient time to your Statement of Purpose.
- If you are submitting as a pdf or word file, please make sure the name of the file has your name as well. For example, SOP_FirstNameLastName or SOP_LastName_Date etc.
- If you are applying online, please make sure to copy and paste the full SOP. It is very easy to make a mistake at this stage and to ruin your chances of getting admission.
- If you are submitting a hard copy, please make sure the SOP is printed clearly on a good quality paper. Also, make sure there is a header or footer stating you full name and page number because some professors prefer to read a hard copy.
- After you submit, stop reading your Statement of Purpose, as it is possible that you’ll find a mistake or change your mind on some sentences. This is human tendency and feeling of regret may result in demotivating you.