Statement of Purpose, without a doubt has full
control on your entire admission package. It
is the most crucial and difficult part of the
entire application process. Being the most important
part, it has the power to either break or make
your application. There are some unique qualities
to a winning Statement of Purpose that has the
capacity to give you a sure shot admission to
your choice of college / university.
In order to start crafting a Statement of
Purpose, you should be clear in mind about
three things in your head- What you want,
why you want it and why you can benefit from
that particular program that you wish to study.
Your SOP is a projection of your honesty and
a carefully considered presentation of your
goals. It is necessary to keep certain points
in mind before you start writing.
Know Yourself- The first and foremost
thing is to know your strengths and weaknesses.
By knowing about your positive and not so
positive points you would be able to answer
to any question that the admission committee
wants to know about you and your intentions.
Questions like why should the university /
college select you over someone else should
have a clear answer and you need to first
ask this to yourself. Knowing the history
that led you to decide to apply to a particular
program is something that needs to know by
you very clearly, once you are sure of the
reason you choose to study a particular program,
you are ready to begin writing.
Be crystal clear about your ‘purpose’-
It is important to understand the purpose
why you opt for a certain program and a particular
college. While doing so, be careful you don’t
indulge in writing too much about the past.
Your ‘purpose’ refer to your goals.
Some questions such as these should be clearly
known to you- why do you want to study the
course that you are applying for? Why now?
What are your plans after finishing the course?
What are your long term plans?
If these questions do not have a clear answer
to it then you have probably chosen the wrong
course. You need to let the admission committee
know that their college or university will
be the right place for you and will help you
achieve your purpose.
Review, revise, edit- Once
the introduction and the body has been handled,
you are left with final touch ups, that is
revision and editing. To be concise is important,
as the admission committee has a lot of applications
to go through and thus appreciate information
that matters. They welcome short and well-
expressed essays. Your first draft should
not be expected to be perfect. Instead, keep
writing, leave it for few days, come back
with a fresh pair of eyes and edit!
Keep in mind that your first paragraph should
not be longer than four or five sentences,
and still be projecting a summary of the entire
Statement of Purpose. The fate of your Statement
of Purpose resides quite majorly on the first
paragraph itself as by reading it the admission
committee shall decide if the rest of the
application is worth reading. Keep it simple,
honest, focused and concise and you are sure
to gain some huge amount of attention in clearly
a positive way!