How can I write a fantastic Statement of Purpose for my study abroad application?
Hello Teemjo, I will be more than happy to guide you as you set out to start your application to graduate programs abroad. I will assume you are applying to schools in the U.S. and or Canada. To begin, Statement of Purpose (SOP) is also called admission essay and is mostly applicable to graduate school applicants. That being said, there are a number of things that you want to know before you start writing your SOP.
First, it is important you know that SOP is an important part of your application credentials and must be treated as such. So, you really need to give enough time to draft the SOP, proofread, re-read and get friends to vet it for you. If you need a month to put up a great SOP, it’s worth it! On top of that, SOP presents you with the opportunity to be face-to-face with the admissions committees. It’s therefore onus upon you to utilize it.
Secondly, you shouldn’t submit your SOP without at least two to three paragraphs talking about your research interests and how recent developments in that area have spurred your interest. The people that will review your applications are deeply rooted in research. For that reason, an SOP without a research talk is mostly considered empty. While it is good to write about your passion for your chosen course of study, you shouldn’t dwell on ‘passion’ talk too much. Show it to them by way of what you have done; don’t just tell them you are passionate. Being passionate is almost becoming commonplace.
You can also use your SOP to address some weak points in your credentials. But talk about how your grades improved not how long you spent crying about your bad grades as a freshman. It might also be helpful to indicate in your SOP some faculties that you would be willing to work with upon your admission to the school. That shows the admissions committees that you have done your homework well. And before finalizing on submitting your SOP to the school application portal, you should definitely check for obvious errors in grammar and keep your writing as simple as possible. I hope this help.