Writing a Killer Statement of Purpose

When you apply for college, you will have to write a statement of purpose. This is an essay that will showcase your writing abilities as well as who you are. The admissions committee will use this essay to determine the best candidates to attend their college.
The statement of purpose describes who you are, why you are applying to the college, why you are a good candidate, and what you hope to achieve in your future. The committee will use this piece of writing to assess your writing abilities.

Tips for your Statement of Purpose

  • Make sure it is free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Use clear and concise language.
  • Do not use cliches or informal language.
  • Make sure the tone is positive and confident.
  • How to Make it Persuasive

    In this piece of writing, you are showcasing your talents and selling yourself. You need to persuade your audience that you are the best candidate.
    For a statement of purpose, you have one page to sell yourself. Your language must be concise. If your statement of purpose is much longer than a page, it may seem like your writing lacks focus and clarity.

    The Process

    Start writing early so that you will be done well ahead of the deadline. This gives you time to look over your writing and make any improvements needed.
    Make sure that you understand the question that is being asked so that you write in an appropriate manner to respond to the prompt.
    Do some self-reflection before you start writing. Make notes about what makes you unique and why you think you are a good candidate.
    Do some research on the school to see what it is known for and assess how you fit into that environment. You want to persuade the admissions board that the school is a good fit for you but that you are also a good fit for the school.
    Once you have written a draft, go through and edit it. It is also a good idea to have someone else read it over for you to get some feedback.

    Before you submit:

    Before you are finished your statement of purpose, be sure to read it over to ensure there are no errors. Proofreading is an important step in the writing process and even more important now that you are compete against others for a spot in the college.
    Try to read it from the admissions perspective and see if you would have any unanswered questions!

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