December 4, 2020

Statement of purpose checklist.

Checklist for Writing a Statement of Purpose

[ ]Organization …
[ ]A “hook” that demonstrates your passion for the field
[ ]Segué to your background in the field
[ ]Description of your academic background in the field
[ ]Specific classes you have taken, given by name
[ ]Specific professors you have had, especially if well-known in that field
[ ]Extracurricular activities in the field
[ ]Publications or other professional accomplishments in the field (perhaps conference presentations or public readings)
[ ]Explanations about problems in background (if needed)
[ ]Explanation of why you have chosen the specific grad school
[ ]Mention one or two professors in that school and what you know of and appreciate about their work
[ ]Specific features of the grad program which attract you
[ ]Get advice from several of your professors — philosophical advice as well as specific writing advice
[ ]Proofread and copyedit; ask friends to proofread and copyedit as well
[ ]Keep working on the statement of purpose, even after you have already sent it to school(s) with earlier deadline(s)

From University of Northern Iowa

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