How to write an SOP

The Statement of Purpose is a vital document that opens the gates of a dream university. This document presents the reader with a sense of direction to navigate into the abilities of the student and take a decision regarding his entry into the portals of the university. Writing this piece of essay is no cake walk, on the contrary when the time comes to express the sense of direction verbally, the pressure can be intense and even stifling.

To translate the sense of purpose into an acceptance letter from the most desired University requires a meticulous rigor-

At the outset, remember to follow directions. Demonstrate originality but within the boundaries of formal structure. Anything else may be risky.

Excite your audience. Admission officers will read hundreds of SOP’s each application season. They can sense the formula SOP and insincerity from a mile. Something unique about you will appeal to them.

Show your interest in the School you are applying to. Do adequate home work on every institute and convince admission officers to believe in your avid interest in the university. Please remember you may be applying to multiple universities and tweaking them accordingly is the magic.

Write a draft. Writing an SOP is not a moment of inspiration but a handiwork of  a lengthy process of brainstorming and good use of writing skills. The first draft will be herculean, there on; every read will give a fresh perspective, until the best at last.

Present an interesting pathway to your story, If you say research has been your prime focus ever since you got into engineering, you need to be able to justify it.

 

Start writing, put down your thoughts and a pattern will emerge from it that gives meaning to your writing.

Be brief. Do not write long winding lines filled with punctuations that make reading difficult. Remember that you are writing to a stranger. Make him read you with interest and understanding. Brevity is the key to efficiency.

Revise- not just as spell check, but understand your focus and re-read with understanding. Allow a time lapse between reads, It helps focus better.

Proof read- read every detail. Any spell error or incorrect punctuation can lead to a poor impression.

Lastly, once you know you have written your best draft, ask someone when has been through the process of Grad School work or is in the education field to read your draft. Their honest inputs will be invaluable to your success.