If you have no idea where to start with your SOP, download my Ultimate SOP Starter Kit. It’s short. It’s sweet. It tells you exactly what to write, and where. Oh, and it’s completely free. Then, the following questions will be a lot more useful.
You might also consider reading my old article: Structure is Magic – A Guide to the Graduate SOP. Personally, I think the SOP Starter Kit is more effective, but thousands of applicants have used the Structure is Magic template to earn admission to amazing universities, so you might give it a try.
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SOP Section 1 – Frame Narrative
- Should I mention stories from the distant past if they’re relevant to the course?
- How to frame a narrative if I’ve got broad or intersecting research interests?
- Can I include 2 stories in my introduction frame narrative?
- Should my opening paragraph explain how personal problems and depression hindered my performance?
SOP Section 2 – Why This Program
- How to write what I like about the program without sounding fake?
- How to answer “Why this school in particular?” in my SOP?
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SOP Section 3 – Why I’m (Overly) Qualified
- “What do you expect to contribute as a student?”
- How can I articulate how my prior educational and professional qualities will allow me to be successful in the program?
SOP Section 4 – Closing Frame Narrative
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