Fall 2023 Applicants – BEWARE! DO NOT make this MISTAKE!
After Going Through Over 50 Sops In The Past One Year I’ve Realized That Most Students Make These Mistakes Over And Over Again
The First Mistake A Lot Of People Make Is Writing An Sop Which Is A Rehash Of Their Resume Many Times I’ve Come Across Sops Of Both Students And Professionals Where They Just Explain In Detail What They Have Written In Their Resume Starting From The Education Projects To Their Work Experience Leadership Positions Skills Etc So They Talk About The Subjects That They Have Studied The Technical Details Of The Projects That They Have Worked On And The Day-to-day Responsibilities At Their Company
Writing an SOP which is rehash of resume
Now You Would Think So What Is The Problem In Doing That Well The Problem Is That An Sop Is Not A Project Report Or A Client Report Where The Focus Is On The Project That You Have Done And Sop Is Not About The Project It Is About You So While You’re Talking About The Subjects That You’ve Studied Also Mentioned What Did You Like About Those Subjects Or What Was That One Subject Which Particularly Interested You Or When You’re Talking About The Technical Details Of The Project Along With That Mentioned What Were Some Of The Challenges That You Faced While Working On That Project And How Did You Overcome Them Also While Talking About The Responsibilities At The Company Share A Little Bit About What Was The Gap In Terms Of Knowledge That You Realized While Working There Which Is Why You Want To Do A Masters Or A PhD Program Sharing All These Insights In Your Sop Will Give A Much Better Understanding To The Admissions Committee About Who You Are And Why You Are Interested In The Program
Writing generic SOP which is not university specific
The Next Mistake We Make Is Writing An Sop Which Is Generic And Not Tailored To The Different Universities Or The Programs That We Are Applying To Generally In An Sop We Focus On What We Have Done In Our Careers Till Now And What Do We Want From The Program But What We Don’t Talk About Is What Are Some Of The Things Which Interests Us About The University Or How Do We Plan To Contribute To That University Which Is Why They Should Offer Us An Admission So Instead Of Sending Out The Same Sop To All The Universities
What We Need To Do Is Tailor Them To Make Them More University Specific Talk About Which Courses You Would Like To Take Up Or Which Professors You Would Like To Work With Or Which Research Areas Within The University Interests You Not Only Will They Show The Admissions Committee That You’ve Done Your Research But It Will Also Show That Yes You Are Really Interested To Study In That University Same Thing Applies To The Program That You’re Applying To Sometimes We Apply To A Program Which Is Slightly Different From The One That We Did Our Undergrad In So It’s Important To Constantly Highlight How Did Your Interest Develop In That Program And How Are You Prepared To Succeed In That Program Instead Of Just Sharing Your Existing Experiences And Not Linking The Two Together
Writing an SOP without rough draft
Another Common Mistake That People Make Is Directly Writing An Sop Without The Rough Draft If You Think You’re Going To Write An Sop Which Is Perfect Right From The Beginning You Will Never Be Able To Finish Your Sop A Lot Of My Students Come To Me And Tell Me That Ma’am One Of The Most Difficult Things About Writing An Sop Is To Start An Sop Because In An In An Expectation To Write That Perfect Sop From The Beginning They Are Not Even Able To Start It So To Be Able To Write An Sop Successfully
You Need To Do It In Stages First Begin With The Word Vomit Stage Where You Write Down Anything And Everything That You Can Think About That Way You Will Have All The Information At One Place On A Single Piece Of Paper After That You Move To The Editing Stage Where You Read What You’ve Written And Then You Pick Out Things Which Should Go Or Which Should Not Go In An Sop And Then You Arrange It In Paragraphs Once You Do That You Will Have A Basic Structure Ready And Now What You Can Do Is Start Polishing Your Sop Where You Focus On Grammatical Errors Include Better Vocabulary Polish The Kind Of Sentences You Have Written And Ensure There Is Proper Flow In Your Sop Keep Repeating This Last Step Again And Again Until You Have An Sop Which Is Ready For Submission
Writing the SOP at the last moment
The Next Mistake And The Most Most Common Mistake That People Make Is Writing Their Sop At The Last Moment You Need To Realize That Your Sop Is As Important As Any Other Document You Are Submitting So If You Write Your Sop At The Last Moment You Will Not Be Able To Produce A Good Quality One And This Will Affect Your Chances Of Getting That Admission Offer So If You’re Planning To Study Abroad Make Sure You Start Working On Your Sop At Least Two Months Before The Applications This Will Give You Enough Time To Brainstorm Draft Your Sop Peacefully And Then Go For Multiple Rounds Of Reviews And Feedback To Make Sure Your Sop Is Ready For Submission
Getting your SOP written from someone
Finally The Last Mistake I Don’t Want You To Commit Is Getting Your Sop Written From Someone This Is The Mistake I Made And Paid A Price For It When I Was In My Undergrad Applying To Study Abroad I Felt That My English Was Not Up To The Mark And I Had No Experience Of Writing Professional Or Academic Essays Like An Sop And So I Shouldn’t Take The Risk Of Writing It So What I Did Was I Found A Person Who Wrote Sops For Students Paid An Exorbitant Price And Got My Sop Drafted When I Received My Sop I Was Very Unhappy With It It Looked Very Fake It Looked Impersonal It Did Not Convey My Skills My Experiences In Any Way It Did Not Convey My Story It Was An Sop That Could Very Well Apply To Anybody In The End I Decided To Write The SOP On My Own And That Got Me An Admit From Some Of The Top Universities In The World
So Guys What I Want To Tell You Here Is That Even If You Feel That Your English Is Not Up To The Mark Or You Don’t Have The Best Vocabulary You Should Still Try To Write Your Sop Because That Way At Least Your Story Gets Conveyed Because Nobody Knows You Better Than You Do Yourself And As For Your Sop Or Essay Writing.