Many schools ask applicants to submit a written personal statement or essay as part of the admissions process. When university admissions officers read this part of the application, they may want to see whether the student can contribute to the school and if the school can meet his or her needs. The personal statement gives universities a chance to get a personal insight that is not possible in the grades and numbers that make up the rest of the application. Colleges look for certain qualities in potential students and tailor their essay questions accordingly.

Application essays also allow admissions officers to assess your writing skills, academic ability, organizational skills, purpose in applying to the institution and the reasons for your chosen field of study. Admissions officers look for a demonstration of intellectual curiosity and maturity. Write the essay in advance so that you have time to put it aside for a week and then read it again to see if it still makes sense.

Make sure that your essay is a true representation of yourself and your abilities. Admissions officers read several hundred essays each year and have become experts at identifying fake essays or those written by parents. The essay is your opportunity to tell the college why it should accept you over other students—use it well. The dos and don'ts of writing SOP:


• Answer the question asked.
• Focus on a specific incident or event you remember well—details are important.
• Consider explaining anything unusual that has influenced your school or home life.
• Ask others to proofread it for grammatical and spelling errors.

• Lie.
• Let someone else write the essay for you.
• Choose a topic merely to look good.
• Say what you think the college wants to hear; just tell the truth about your reasons for applying.

• Skip opportunities to write more about yourself.

• Write the essay, or any other part of your application, the night before it is due.


Article Courtesy – Span magazine


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