Students who want to pursue higher studies abroad will have to write their statements of purpose (SOPs). What is a statement of purpose? It is an application essay a student applying for a graduate programme at a foreign university is required to write in order to be admitted to the programme. In U.K. it is called ‘personal statement’. The length of it is about 500 and 700 words.
I do not know of any college or university in India asking for a SOP at the graduation level. Why do foreign universities ask for it? It helps colleges and universities to test whether the applicants are really interested in the programme that they have applied for, whether they are capable of pursuing the programme and completing it successfully and whether they will be able to contribute significantly to the institute.
A great SOP speaks to the members of the admissions committee and makes them smile and say, “Here is the guy I am looking for.”
Do you have an SOP? Why have you chosen a specific college or university? In which field do you want to specialise in? Why have you chosen it? When did you develop your interest in it? How passionate are you about the field you are going to specialise in? What is your career goal? What is your purpose in life?
Living and doing things with a purpose gives meaning to every little thing we do. There should be something to look forward to, so you will find meaning to it and you will realize that every action you take has its value. Today many students enter into colleges and universities without having a purpose. All study becomes monotonous and burdensome if it has no goal or purpose. A sculptor after hacking and cutting away at a block of marble all day was asked, “What are you making?” He said, “I really don’t know. I haven’t made any plans.”
Quote: “My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose — somehow we win out.” — Ronald Reagan