Statement of Purpose
How to write a Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose is the single most important part of your application. It will tell the admissions committee:
- who you are
- what has influenced your career path so far
- your professional interests
- where you plan to go from here
- A mix of interesting, confident and enthusiastic people who will make the class a stimulating place.
- Academic achievements and good test scores.
- Don’t try to be something you are not.
- Be honest, look inside yourself and do your best.
- Write an essay that describes and provide examples for the following:
- reflect your grades, courses taken, academic honors .
- describe your research experience through your school work, papers, projects, internship or work experience.
- personal motivation to attend KAUST and personal goals
- indicate your extracurricular activities in your community and/or school
- international experience.
Points to consider to write a SOP
- Must be interesting.
- Ask yourself: “why a reader would want to read my entire essay after reading my introduction?”
- Don’t Summarize in your Introduction. If you summarize, the scholarship officer need not read the rest of your essay.
- Create intrigue in your Introduction.
- Answer the Questions
- Try to be Original
- Be Yourself: Write about something meaningful. Describe your feelings, not necessarily your actions.
- Big words do not make good essays.
- Use imagery and clear, vivid prose.
- Body paragraphs must relate to introduction.
- Use transition within paragraphs and between
paragraphs to preserve p g p p the logical flow of your
- The conclusion is your last chance to persuade the
reader or impress upon them your qualifications.
- Don’t summarize