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But if you’re like many students, you’ve left the most daunting part of the application process for last—writing a statement of purpose.
So if you are considering a potentially well-tread topic, try to approach it in a unique way.
Whenever possible, use stories to illustrate your interest.
Stay focused on your academic field and use specific, discrete examples.
Was there a clear moment when you knew you had found your calling? Thoroughly research your potential graduate programs (if you haven’t already! Admission counselors want to know why you want to enroll in program, and you can’t speak to the merits of their program if you don’t know what their program is all about! What would you contribute to the program as a graduate student and eventual alumnus?
(SOP), sometimes referred to as a personal statement, is a critical piece of a graduate school application that tells admissions committees who you are, what your academic and professional interests are, and how you’ll add value to the graduate program you’re applying to.
“Your statement of purpose is where you tell your story about who you are and why you deserve to be a part of the [university’s] community.
Each student arrives at this process with a unique story, which includes prior jobs, volunteer experience, or undergraduate studies.
Think about what makes you Your statement of purpose can leave a lasting impression if done well, says Pierce.