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I’ve read many applications to our graduate program, and I’ve seen a lot of statements of purpose that, frankly, aren’t very good.
Here are some thoughts and comments that will hopefully help you write a better statement of purpose. These are merely my own thoughts and should not be construed as official guidelines of any sort.
What the statement of purpose is not
- Many students (particularly foreign students) think that the statement of purpose is about character. While honesty, sincerity, conscientiousness, etc. are important attributes, I assume students with good academic records applying to graduate school have these traits.
- Many students think that the statement of purpose should be an autobiographical sketch. Believe me, the story of your first computer when you were 10 years old and how it inspired you to devote your life to Computer Science does not make particularly interesting reading, nor does it tell me the things I want to know. Continue Reading
Statement of Purpose Advice by Dr. Wes Huang
Other Useful Links
Tips on Writing SOP – Arun Vasan
How Not to write Statement of Purpose – Accepted Admission Blog