How to write the concluding paragraph in a graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)

Typically the closing paragraph in a graduate school statement of purpose (SOP) explains why the applicant believes the program they’re applying to is a good fit for their research interests and future goals. I would recommend that you research the program, university, and city for any unique advantages offered. Below is a list of suggestionsContinue reading “How to write the concluding paragraph in a graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)”

How to prepare for graduate school

Below is a list of items that you may want to think about before applying to grad school or after you’ve been accepted into grad school. Get in contact with former or current students in your program and ask them about their experiences Read online forums about your new city, campus life, cultural events, etc.Continue reading “How to prepare for graduate school”

How to write about your future career goals in your graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)

Although writing about your future career goals may not be a mandatory part of your graduate school statement of purpose (SOP), graduate school admission committees still find this information relevant and meaningful. For instance, they learn not only about your motivations, but also your future aspirations dovetail with what the program offers or can offer.Continue reading “How to write about your future career goals in your graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)”

How to write about your research interests in your graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)

Below I’ve created a list of points that may help you when writing about your past or current research interests, as well as the research topics you wish to pursue in graduate school. Past or current research: The full title of your research paper(s) The grade you received (if you’re proud of your grade) TheContinue reading “How to write about your research interests in your graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)”

How Long Should a Graduate School Statement of Purpose (SOP) be?

Many prospective graduate school students fret over the length of their statement of purpose (SOP). Sometimes, graduate programs do not have specific guidelines for how long an applicant’s SOP should be. Information about the SOP is commonly found on the grad program’s website, such as on the applicant information page, the FAQ, or in aContinue reading “How Long Should a Graduate School Statement of Purpose (SOP) be?”

How to Talk About Yourself in Your Graduate School Statement of Purpose (SOP)

In this post, I will talk about the ways in which you can describe yourself in your graduate school statement of purpose without sounding desperate, over-confident, or awkward. It’s a difficult line to walk, but it’s an important skill to develop early if you plan on remaining in academia. After all, if you want toContinue reading “How to Talk About Yourself in Your Graduate School Statement of Purpose (SOP)”

Who to ask for feedback on your statement of purpose (SOP)

Many of us avoid sharing our statement of purpose (SOP) in fear that what we’ve produced is cringe-worthy and embarrassing, and ultimately that we are total failures and won’t amount to anything, never mind be admitted to graduate school. The truth is that for many of us, sharing our writing is a scary, uncomfortable, andContinue reading “Who to ask for feedback on your statement of purpose (SOP)”

How early should I start writing my graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)?

Writing a successful grad school statement of purpose (SOP) is an important piece of your graduate school application. After all, it shows [repeat stuff from home page]. Thus, one question that frequently comes up from prospective graduate students is when to start writing their SOP. In truth, it really depends on your writing style. IfContinue reading “How early should I start writing my graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)?”

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