Writing a statement of purpose

The essence of the statement of purpose is in its very name — it is an essay that introduces your motivation for attending or participating in something, that being usually college, study program, fellowship, or a workshop. Your motivation to do something is not only founded on your mere want, but also on your background and experiences, which is why writing a statement of purpose is more than just an express of your interest; it is a whole story of why you should be a chosen candidate.

Drawing on the above, when writing a statement, you need not only to say why you want to join a university, but also how it complements your already existing experiences and how it contributes to your future prospects. Generally, the structure of your statement should be as below:
  • Your background — here you can include everything you deem appropriate, from your previous academic or career achievements and experiences to your personal motivation;
  • The course/program/workshop, etc. that you want to enroll in — here you should clearly state which degree (if we are talking of a university) you want to pursue, which means that you will need to outline your expected major and minor degrees.
  • Your career prospects — here you write where you see yourself in the future and how both your previous experiences and expected study program can contribute to that vision.

There are some additional tips regarding the structure that we want to share. First of all, while writing the statement, hold onto a one particular idea and do not drift too far away from it. If you’re writing about wanting to be admitted to a science program, there is no need to talk about those English classes you took your junior year of high school. Stay focused on where your statement is going and make sure that every paragraph you write is relevant to the overall message that you are trying to convey. Keep in mind that your statement of purpose is not simply your CV in writing. However, it is always good to provide particular situational examples of your experiences. Hence, in that case with a science program, feel free to mention how you took Bio class in school and why it inspired you to continue learning life sciences. Try make it unique and personal, after all, your statement is a story that complements your personal brand. Such stories should be incorporated into the first paragraphs of your statement of purpose since they refer to your background. Upon finishing up with sharing your career outlooks, make sure you close up the statement with a concise conclusion that sums up everything that you have written before.

Buzzwords and questions to ask yourself when writing

The commission that will be reading your statement has gone through thousands of those before, which is why it is especially important to make yours unique, personal, and memorable. Nevertheless, there are plenty of buzzwords that you could incorporate in your story without sounding too cliché. Those are, but not limited to: responsibility, maturity, open-mindness, enthusiasm, initiative, leadership, goal-oriented, social responsibility, diligence, personal growth, etc. They might seem a bit too overused, yet they are inevitably what the commission wants to hear from you. Yet, it is important to use them in a way that does not make you sound as if you only threw those words in to make yourself likable. Make sure you show, and not just tell, your skills and character traits. If you present yourself as responsible, you need to provide a story, example, or an achievement that proves that you are responsible indeed.

Standing out from the rest of the candidates is always difficult to do since you do not have access to others’ essays. The best advice here would be to stay true to yourself and to pour your soul into your writing. This way, even if you might not seem extremely extraordinary, your truth and genuinity will speak louder than anything, since it will be exactly what makes you unique.

You might also want to answer the following questions and to incorporate your answers into your statement:
  • What factors have influenced where you are right in life now and what you do?
  • What has raised your interest in a particular career/subject?
  • Which obstacles or hardships have you had to go through in your life?
  • How could you contribute to a university/program? How can your skills help you in giving back?
  • What makes you a perfect candidate for this admission?

Formatting

Good news is, there are no specific guidelines on how to format your statement of purpose. You do not need to follow any requirements when writing or editing, aside from the suggestions and advice. However, there are some points to consider.

First of all, the length of your statement matters. You do not want to make it too long, since it makes it hard for the commission to read. Stay concise and coherent, include everything you find important, but do not go too far with describing every single event or skill that you possess. You will need your ability to detect relevancy and to assess whether or not what you are trying to convey will help you during admission process. Ideally, writing a statement of purpose you should remember that it is about one or two pages long. You might also want to go traditional about the formatting and use 12pt Times New Roman with standardized margins, intervals, and paragraph breaks.

Secondly, it is very important to double check your statement for grammar, linguistics, and punctuation mistakes. Remember that your language and your writing reflects who you are as a person, a worker, and an academic. The way you put your thoughts in writing tells more about you than the story itself, which is why we cannot stress enough how important it is to be grammatically correct when it comes to your statement of purpose.

Additional tips

Aside from formatting and structure advice, there are some other things that you might want to take into consideration. Your statement of purpose needs to be essentially flawless to make the cut of all those competitive programs, which is why it is essential to keep in mind the following points:
  • There is no need to start off your statement with stating your name or origin, Chances are, the commission already has that info about you. Sometimes it is classified on purpose to exclude the bias from an admission process.
  • A bit of a humor is appropriate, but try finding a silver lining on this. No one wants to reads a statement written by a walking clown, especially since one’s sense of humor is rather subjective and can sometimes do more harm than good to commission's impression of you.
  • Ask your friend or a family member who you know is straightforward with their critique to read through your statement. It will be real people reading yours, so you might want to have some feedback before handing the statement in. If there is no one who can help you with that make sure you at least read your statement aloud and listen to it yourself. Does it state a specific motivation? Is it persuasive enough? Is it too pretentious? Most of the time, those questions can be answered by listening to your own self reading the statement.

Once you have your statement ready to be submitted, do not rush it unless you absolutely have to. It is always better to look into it a couple days after finishing it off so that you can have a clearer vision of your writing. It will also grant you space and time to implement changes, if those are needed, and to maybe come up with new things that you might want to add.

Need help?

We very well understand that writing a statement of purpose is a lot of pressure, since it is basically either your ticket or a rejection letter into a college of your dreams. That fifty-fifty chance always scares off the students, which is exactly why we have been working on complying a professional team of specialists that are qualified and ready to help you with writing your statement. Our team not only consists of people that are good in writing, but also of those who have already been members of admission committees, which means that they were the ones reading statements just like yours and know all the ins and outs of the process and of what makes one’s statement of purpose unique and successful.

Feel free to contact us anytime, via chat, phone, or email, and we can consult you on the most effective and fruitful cooperation. Most of the time we will ask you to provide us some basic info about yourself and tell us your story — anything that you deem appropriate and that you believe would make you a promising candidate in the eyes of the admission commission. Once we have all the info needed, we process it and put it into writing that is appropriate and set for success. We also provide plenty of correction and editing services so that you can trust us with looking through your already existing statement and suggesting specific changes or alterations. Moreover, our policy includes double checks and updates, which means that if you want to add something into your final draft, we can always do that free of charge.

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