If your intention is a phenomenal race, it all starts with your statement of intent.
If finding yourself studying late at night and a pantry stocked with Top Ramen doesn’t sound like a promising future, maybe you’re not seeing the big picture. Going back to school might mean making some sacrifices and pushing yourself through tough challenges, but when it comes to acquiring a higher degree, the statistics don’t lie. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, weekly incomes rise dramatically and unemployment rates fall among populations in which its inhabitants have master’s degrees, university degrees, and doctorates.
That said, getting into the right school is an essential part of fulfilling your dreams of a career. That means leaving the admissions committee speechless with your statement of purpose or letter of intent. That task might be easier than you think – with a little guidance.
Stay true to your purpose
It may seem like a no-brainer that a statement of purpose needs a purpose, but that’s exactly where many students fall short. Your letter of intent should revolve around a predefined goal, and it’s up to you to decide what it is. Whether you are hoping to demonstrate your ability and potential to excel in your field of study or to show your personal history of service in the field, it is important that the content of your statement revolves around the central purpose. This will help eliminate any irrelevant and strange content that is sure to bore (and possibly confuse) the admissions committee.
Do not copy and paste
If you’ve never written a letter of intent, consulting your best virtual friend: Google can be tempting. Although there is no shortage of templates and examples, if you follow them closely you run the risk of sounding like everyone else who is applying to join their show. According to CrunchPrep, “almost 99 percent of the statements have a similar structure, and many times, students copy, paste and edit statements of purpose from their elders or friends, making it sound even more generic or irrelevant to their applications. ». That is why telling your unique story is absolutely critical.
“I want to meet the person,” said Heather Chewning, director of the MBA program at Brigham Young University. “Who are they? Why are they interested in our program? What are they going to do with it? What did they do in the past to show me that they can handle the situation? ” These questions will not be answered using someone else’s statement.
Get to know the program you are interested in
Only after you’ve done your due diligence on the school and program you’re applying for will you be ready to write your statement of intent. It is important to demonstrate deep familiarity with the program and understand how it will help you advance your career and achieve your goals.
“Do your homework. Talk to faculty members and show that you understand the nature of the programs you are applying to, ”advises BYU’s Graduate Department. «Provide evidence that you are well prepared and motivated. Be specific and avoid generalities that sound obvious.
Check, correct, correct again
If you want a safe way to get your application rejected or put on the waiting list, write your statement of intent with misspellings, grammar mistakes, and other avoidable mistakes. Keep in mind that you are writing your letter to educational professionals, and understand that how you present your story is as important as the story itself.
“Take the time to write and rewrite the letter of intent until you have a polished document that is well written, demonstrates good writing structure and grammar, and has no spelling mistakes,” explained Mary Williams, PhD, RN and Dean. Brigham Young University Associate of the Graduate Program.
While a statement of intent should never be a biography or a catalog of accomplishments, it is important to be specific. Avoid using generalities without clarification. For example, don’t just state that you are “skilled and experienced.” Use examples to bring that statement with your educational and professional accomplishments to life. Be specific on your goals too. It is not enough to say that you want to “excel in your field.” Tell the admissions committee exactly what you want to “excel at” and what it means to you.
If your intention is a phenomenal race, it all starts with your statement of intent. To learn more about how graduate study can help you succeed, visit BYU’s Graduate Studies Department.