What makes a great ‘undergrad’ Statement of Purpose?
The Statement of Purpose (SOP) represents your entire university application. This short essay has the potential to greatly influence your admission decision. So it’s very important to present an SOP that’s professionally and creatively drafted with lots of care. Here are some questions you should definitely address when you sit down to write…
What’s your story?
You could share a life-defining experience that had a great impact on your thinking and ambitions. You don’t need to present your career goals very precisely. However, your passion and aspiration should reflect vividly.
Who’s your inspiration?
You may also talk about your role model in life. It is not necessary to relate it to your academics and career. Rather, try to illustrate how you can grow as an individual by following your icon’s footsteps.
Do you have any achievements or recognition?
The next part should focus on your personality. All countries want students who have excelled beyond textbook academics. You can talk about a remarkable achievement in any field like sports, music, creative writing, quiz competitions, or Olympiads. This must be a narration, not a cluster of loosely tied bullet points. If you have achievement in multiple domains, then focus on one and give a succinct account of others.
Have you worked with people before?
Share your experience and learning from your community services. Though this would be there on your resume, on the SOP you have to share your experience in details. Then, explain what inspired you to choose your desired subject/stream, and why is the USA your most preferred destination for the course. This should be explained in details logically. It is very important for you to be thoroughly acquainted with your curriculum as you’ll also need to justify your choice of university and course.
Why should we pass your application?
Finally, you may sign off with a very strong reason regarding why you deserve the opportunity to fly abroad in every respect. Your language must be lucid, intellectual and should thoroughly demonstrate your linguistic skills and command over grammar and vocabulary. For example:
“ I have a special interest in human psychology so I would like to opt the same as minor.” Should be replaced by “Human mind is a treasure of enigma. It always amazes me how with the help of science we can read and understand the thought process of a person and even control the same when required that provides a great sense of gratification. I would be extremely happy to have psychology as a part of my curriculum to imply the same in reality.”
There is no substitute for a grammatically perfect SOP. As far as the language and the vocabulary are concerned, the universities will never compromise even if you are brilliant in academics. Rather, someone with a great test score and academic performance is expected to draft a fairly nice essay. Remember to use tools like Grammarly and Hemingway to check for typos before sending it ahead.
We wish you all the very best for your adventures around the globe!