You gave up some control over your application materials in
Step 6, but now it is time
to take the reins again. Your statement of purpose is a document
you write that explains your strengths, weaknesses, goals, and
plans for achieving those goals. This is your chance to show why
you’re a student that the schools should admit. While your statement
of purpose has you looking to the future, your (academic) history is
the important part of Step 8.
When should I take this step?
Eleven (11) months before school starts. Don't forget to set some time aside to
revise your statement of purpose as well.
How do I make my statement of purpose stand
out from other applicants' writing?
Schools usually tell you what they want you to address. Cover each
of these points in your statement of purpose. Since different schools
may ask you to address different points, be prepared to customize your
statement of purpose to meet each school's requirements. This takes
more work than writing one statement of purpose and using it for every
application, but it improves your chances of being accepted.
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Why do schools want me to send a statement of purpose?
Schools look at many factors when considering applications; grades and test scores alone will rarely get you accepted. Schools want to know how you organize your thoughts in writing. They want to see what kind of a writer and thinker you are, and this sample of your writing provides them with a way of measuring these things.