Statement of Purpose/Essay
Tips for Essay/Statement of Purpose
Statement of Purpose/Essay plays a major role in admissions. This is the only thing where you can express your goals and achievements impressively to admission committee and faculty members of your area.
Admission essay is quite important - why? Consider a student with good GPA and GRE score but his goals are not clear in the essay, it's like you have a nice educational background but your resume is not convincing.
You should give enough time to check and re-check your subject matter.
How to do it?
Note: Don't simply copy sample essays available on internet.
- Get complete information about the major you are applying and details of that major in the University (you are applying). You might have to create a unique essay for each university.
- See the facilities and number of courses provided in that major. Does it match your interests?
- If your interests don't match you will most probably be rejected. For example you might say you are interested in Machine Learning and AI and you have done XYZ in the area but you are applying in Networking major or VLSI/Electrical Engineering Major. It's a mismatch it will not convince admission officers.
- Some students got rejection letter stating "Your Research Interest doesn't matches with any of our faculty members so you have been rejected".
- Direct research or work experience in your field of study is the best thing to have in your essay.
- A word of caution: Do not focus solely on your research topic unless this is the standard practice of your field of study and you must outline your thesis. By over-relying on your research, you risk your essay sounding impersonal.
- Even if you have no formal experience, you might still have field experience that counts
How to write Essay-Check the Following
- Do the first sentences express all of my main points?
- Does my conclusion draw naturally from the previous paragraphs?
- Does any quality, or skill distinguish you from other applicants? Why should College offer you admission? Think about it.
- Have I been specific? (Go on a generalities hunt. Turn the generalities into specifics.)
- Could anyone else have written this essay?
- Regarding the introduction, is it personal? Is it too general? Can the essay get along without it?
- What about the essay makes it memorable?
- Remember successful professionals are extremely good at convincing others to
invest resources in them.
- Make your application easy to read.
- Keep your essays to a reasonable length.
- Convey a sense of focus and excitement.
- Emphasize your ability and potential for
- Get your application in early.