How to Write a Great Statement of Purpose
How to Write a Great Statement of Purpose Vince Gotera English Language and Literature University of Northern Iowa January 2006 The Statement of Purpose required by grad schools is probably the hardest thing you will ever write. (Incidentally, the statement of purpose may also be called an Application Essay, Objectives for Graduate Study, Personal Background, Cover Letter, or some comparable title.) I would guess virtually all grad-school applicants, when they write their first draft of the statement of purpose, will get it wrong. How's that? The admissions committee knows you are applying to their MFA program because everyone in the stacks of applications they are reading is applying for the same thing. Let's assume the required length of this particular program's statement of purpose is 300 words. In fact, not only is this opening paragraph obvious, extraneous, and space-stealing, it's boring! Remember what you learned in first-year composition? That's 45 words too.
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