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Hey, I agree withe everything that has been said so far, especially Elska's point on first creating a general statement. What I found most helpful was writing everything I could think of out first. I looked at different guides, including the ones on pinterest, and then wrote as much as I could under each of the suggested headings and tried to put it all together. It came upto around 1500 words which is a lot. Then, i kept it aside for the day, woke up the next day and wrote an entirely new statement without looking at the old one. This one was around 1200 words and much better. I then edited it a couple of times, and then started to send it out to a few of my friends who have already applied to and gotten into grad schools. Their advice was priceless. I cannot recommend this step enough as it really helped me make my S.O.P become so much more precise and just... sounded way better. My final S.O.P had the following sections: P1- 3 sentences which talked about why I chose Psychology p2- a paragraph on curricular and co-curricular experiences p3- Why I chose this college and this program (Be very specific) P4- My research interests P5- Where I see myself in the future, My goals P6- 3 sentences where I spoke about why they should choose me and how I can contribute to the university. It totally came up to around 650 words and the only thing I modified for each college was p3. Thankfully all the schools I applied to gave me a separate space to talk about work experience, so I didn't have to include it in the S.O.P. This was a good length for me as I could easily add or cut down 100-150 words which allows it to meet most requirements.
lanalingam posted a topic in Waiting it OutI was originally not going to apply for grad school this year as I wanted work experience. However, a last minute decision saw me applying for TCD's doctoral program in mid-march. I know its hardly been 3 weeks but I am freaking out. I mean, this is Trinity! and its a doctoral program. Has anyone been on this program so far? I just want to know if i even have a chance My undergraduate G.P.A is 3.98/4 which is good, but my only work experience is a 1 month clinical internship and a 1 year part time counselling internship. I just graduated in December and have never been employed as a psychologist. I have also held leadership positions including a semester as the president of the psychology club of my college. I know this is a decent profile for a masters program. However, I am freaked out as this is a professional doctorate and I applied late. Also, I heard that these programs usually take into account the age of the applicant (maturity: I heard they prefer candidates to be at least 23 years old) and I am worried as I only turn 21 next month.