Graduate and professional schools often require some sort of written statement — often called a “statement of purpose,” “personal statement,” or “letter of intent”– as a part of the application. Some statements require rather specific information for example; the applicant’s intended area of study within a graduate field. Still others are quite unstructured, leaving the applicant free to address a wide range of matters. The importance of the statement varies from school to school and from field to field.
Graduate study is not for slackers. It takes focus and determination to pursue an advanced degree. That’s why admissions committees examine your statement of purpose very closely–they want to see whether you have the right stuff to succeed in graduate school.
What are they really asking anyway?
Different schools will give you different prompts for the statement of purpose. Nonetheless, they’re all asking for the same four pieces of information:
- What you want to study at graduate school?
- Why you want to study it?
- What experience you have in your field?
- What you plan to do with your degree once you have it?
Admissions committees look for candidates with clear, well-defined research interests that arise from experience. With that in mind, a student’s statement should reveal that he cares deeply about the chosen discipline and that he has the background to support ideas and sentiments. It should also demonstrate that he is a diligent student who will remain committed for the long haul.
Our career counselors at College2Career provide tools and counseling that empower students to write clear, compelling letters of intent for graduate school and medical school. We create letters that appropriately captures unique talents and interests. Emphasis will be placed on prioritizing achievements, professional formatting, and readability.
If your student needs help figuring out what to write, make an appointment with our career counselors to come up with a plan. Call 813-494-7592.