Hello. Hope you’re having fun today. If you want to learn how to write a great statement of purpose then today is your day. Just remember, you are writing your statement of purpose to a potential supervisor. Very important: the only documents that you send and are being read by actual humans are your CV and statement of purpose. The rest is passed through computer programs just to have some check marks.
But your statement of purpose and CV, your supervisor will read them and decide whether to accept you and endorse your application or not. It’s that you find a potential adviser or supervisor and have him/her to endorse your application before you even submit your application. That’s a rejection-proof strategy. If you’ve been doing that, then you already have an advisor in mind and you know how to find his page on the university website.
Just for a quick note, the rejection-proof formula is to find a potential supervisor or adviser, connect with him and ask for endorsement, then submit your application. So by now you know this formula, you know that you are writing your SOP to a person, you know his name, you know his research interests and field of study and you know his track record. So now back to your statement of purpose. It’s a 1-page document of 3 paragraphs. It starts with “Dear [First Name]”. So the “First Name” is the first name of your potential supervisor that you have already found.
First paragraph is about your research interest or the field of study that you’re applying for. How do you find this? It’s so easy. You already know your potential adviser.
You’ve been through his page on the university website. You know what his field of study or research interest is. So you pick one that matches your interest and field and you explain how and why you’ve come to like this. You know it’s very important to make it a story. We like to hear stories.
The second paragraph is about your skills. It can be the marks or grades that you’ve got in courses that are related or are foundations of that field of study or research. It can be a project that you’ve already done. It can be a group or association that you are a member of and they are active in this field. It can be a paper that you’ve probably published in this field.
It can be any work experience or any volunteer experience that you have. Again remember, this paragraph is about skills that can be used as a foundation for this research or field of study. Third paragraph: in this paragraph you conclude your discussion or your story by talking about the trend that you think will come in the future and have a major impact in this field and “why”; again this is very important to say “why” you want to be part of it and you want to contribute to this trend.
And it’s so easy how to find it. How to find this trend? Well, again we go back to your potential adviser’s page on the university website. Most of the university professors explain “why” they are doing this research in this field. So you can exactly “mirror” and it is essential that you “mirror” their reason on why they are doing this research and translate it into your own reason. So they feel a connection that you have something in common with them and they would want to recruit you and have you as a student.
Two more points; don’t forget spell and grammar check; and the last point, after you’ve finished and gone through all the spell checking and grammar checking, make sure to have one of your friends to review your document and your letter to have a second opinion on it. And don’t forget, you can always get free sample or example for statement of purpose.