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Although there is no standard way to write a statement of intent (SOP), here are some tips

Although there is no standard way to write a statement of intent (SOP), here are some tips

A statement of purpose (SOP), also known as a personal statement, or SOP essay, is an essential part of a student’s application when applying to study abroad. This usually involves an explanation of your relevant experience and education, motivations for studying abroad, why you chose a specific university and course, and plans for the future. Most universities place a lot of weight on the SOP

Although there are hundreds of examples online for writing a POS, there is no standard way to write it. As the name suggests, the idea is to be able to demonstrate your intention and vision. Here are some things to keep in mind when working on an SOP:

Do your research well

Before you even write the first few lines, check the university’s website to see if it has any guidelines. Many universities highlight the points that the student must cover. Your research must be deeper than the first page of the website and must involve independent analysis. Most if not all universities judge the amount of research done on the university and the course. So, the SOP should be written uniquely for each university and should reflect what you are passionate about about the university and the course. Adapting an existing essay to such requirements usually falls flat. So keep it as original as possible.

Structure your statement

It is especially important to have an introduction-body-conclusion structure in the essay. It should also address points such as “Why do you want to study this subject?” ‘What do you currently like about your studies?’ “Apart from reading/interest in the subject? ‘Do you have relevant work experience/volunteer work?’ ‘What do you do in your free time?’ At the same time, don’t cram everything into the essay. Be selective, critical, analytical and make it an enriching read.

Define your writing style

Depending on the level and type of program you have applied for, your language skills should demonstrate your ability to integrate into university. SOPs for courses like journalism need to reflect higher levels of vocabulary and writing skills, while, in technical courses, the writing need not be flowery. An expressive essay, in relatively simple English, will work. Feel free to use technical jargon when discussing the course. A technical essay instantly connects with the Course Director/Department Admissions Coordinator, as they are subject matter experts.

Assess your SOP

Once you are satisfied with the draft SOP, the next step should be self-assessment and evaluation by people who understand your professional abilities. Students should repeatedly go through the SOP guidelines and re-read the SOP after completing the draft. This will help you identify any points you may have missed. It’s always a good idea to read up on professors at the university and include their current research in the SOP and show how it matches your interests. It is also important to show how you will benefit from the university and the course and apply it to your professional growth.

Improve and improvise

Good SOPs are not written in a day. Students should think about it for days or even weeks. Read your draft several times each morning and reflect on it throughout the day. Try to incorporate all the changes you have thought of. Repeat this exercise until you can no longer improve. At the same time, make sure that the SOP is proofread so that it does not contain any grammatical errors.

Finally, here are some important guidelines that should be included in your SOP: personal information, course selection, education information, employment information, personal statement, and reference. Keep these tips in mind when writing your statement of purpose, but make sure your individuality shines through so you stand out.

The author is the founder and CEO of Fateh Education

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