STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

A Statement of Purpose, or a SOP, is what gives the universities a look into how your past experiences, projects and choices lead to your desired goal. The SOP is a subjective view of the candidate, instead of an objective one that is available to the university through the scorecard and other academic records. The universities sometimes ask question based essays or simply to submit a statement of purpose. The statement of purpose must include one’s goals, career path that one has opted for, in addition to the relevant academic progress. Another important aspect of a statement of purpose is what all are the motivations that have driven you to apply for the university or program that you have decided to apply for.

A statement of purpose is a chance that an individual has to present themselves in the best light. Unlike other documents which are set in stone and have no way of being altered, a statement of purpose is the candidate’s chance to show their versatility and uniqueness. It really pays off to show how your goals, with your experiences and academics, align best with the university in which you aspire to study.

WHAT TO AVOID IN YOUR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Often times, seemingly impeccable and grammatically correct statement of purpose’s are rejected simply because the aspirant had added all sorts of unnecessary information which was not at all relevant to their statement of purpose or to the university they were applying to.  So, read on to find out what does not add weight to your statement of purpose.

Your sports achievements which include a gazillion medals that you won in some random tournament, the teacher’s recommendation from school and that one time that you made the best out of waste article and won, and all such feats are, understandably, actions that you are proud of and would love to include in your statement of purpose but, how is any of that relevant to your goals? Surely, your university can’t make anything of your best out of waste article! So avoid adding such details to your SOP and making it arduously long and prone to rejection. One more pitfall to avoid is listing your financial details. Most of the universities make you fill separate forms for that and hence it is of no use to mention it in your precious statement of purpose, which usually comes with a specified word limit.

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