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      So a couple of days ago, I was invited to a webinar to address how to write an SOP (Statement of Purpose). Unfortunately, 10min into the event, It was hijacked. I have decided to share some of the points here: 
      What is a Statement of Purpose (SOP)?

      A short essay that describes:

      (i) Who you are/motivation (credentials)
      (ii) Your rationale for applying to a university (intent)
      (iii) Soft & Hands-on skills
      (iv) Your future plan 

      SOP is the most important part of the admissions process

      A well-written SOP could downplay certain weaknesses such as low CGPA or lack of funding 

      Essential components of a Statement of Purpose (SOP)

      Part I: Introduce yourself, your interests, and your motivations
      -Your interest/motivation for graduate study
      – You can connect this with your long-term goals
      – This should be short and concise 

      Part II Summarize your undergraduate or graduate study projects
      – Research you conducted
      – Publications or thesis project-short summary and contribution to knowledge
      – Work/ hands-on experience
      – Avoid unrelated work or research experience 
      Part III: Discuss the relevance of your recent and current activities
      – Working experience
      – Soft skills (volunteering, communication, and leadership skills, etc)
      – Highlight the connection to your intended study/long-term goal 
      Part IV: Why the university or program?
      -You can include a statement problem as the basis of your curiosity and be confident that the faculty/ department has the necessary platform to solve this 
      – Focus on how the intended course of study or targeted group aligns with your interest
      -Mention the name of at least 1 faculty member that you would like to work with ( importance of cold emailing before you start)

      Part V: Conclusion

      End with a positive note 

      Stay away from informal language
      – Your statement of purpose shouldn’t have any spelling or grammatical errors
      – Use strong, clear, and concise writing- not fictional
      – Avoid cliches and repetitive language
      -Stay away from informal language 
      – Keep a positive and confident tone
      – Avoid stories that touch/ emotional blackmail (I had no food or water while growing up)
      – Approximately 500 to 1000 well-selected words
      and not more unless otherwise stated
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