If you are considering applying to US Universities for Graduate school either MS or MBA, one of the most important components of your application packet is Statement of Purpose. Many refer to it as SOP. There are thousands of articles on web about this and websites about this topic…I would like to share my thoughts on SOP and stress the importance SOP.
What is Statement of Purpose?
As the name says, “it is a statement or essay about your main purpose of applying to graduate school”. The reality is, not many people apply to Graduate school in US, because it is a lot of time commitment and it takes away so much of your life… Also, there is no point in applying to Graduate school without a proper purpose. So, US Graduate schools ask students to write an essay with explaining their main reason for graduate school. What is the purpose of going back to school for Graduate program. The universities typically give all the guidelines for SOP, like how long it should be and how many pages, etc. Your goal is to write it up precisely within the length they specify.
Why is the importance of Statement of Purpose?
Let me tell you an example. Think of a situation “where you set off to sail in a boat in the ocean, imagine you do not have a compass and you do not have a map corresponding to the ocean or anything…you just jumped into the boat and kept sailing…thinking eventually you will get to other coast .” How would you define that journey ? You would think of that person who puts himself into this kind of situation as stupid, because he does not know where he is going or what he is doing… It is the same thing with higher education. You should have a goal and you should know how you are going to get to your goal and why do you want to get to your goal too. Universities treat SOP very seriously and they read your SOP. It is very important you write a good Statement of purpose interweaving your goals, your achievements, how will you achieve your goals and what do you really want to accomplish in life, etc. SOP gives the admission committee to judge your goals and make sure they are in line with the schools’ ethics, capabilities, and standards and provide you all the support to let you reach your goal. Statement of purpose gives the admission committee to judge your perspective of life, your career aspirations, your ethics, your technical aptitude, your vision for life, etc. The key point is, it is your chance to explain to admission committee why you are going for higher education and what is your main purpose…Universities give utmost importance to SOP.
Read this as continuation : Why NOT to copy Statement of Purpose(SOP)
Over the next few weeks, I will write some articles on Statement of purpose like how to write SOP, how to think, etc and provide you all with samples that I collected over the years. Stay tuned !
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