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SOP mistakes: what to avoid

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#101 zahrakhalid



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 01:13 PM

Here is a great resource on some good personal statements!


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#102 kimozabe



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 06:23 AM

Guys read this : http://honors.tamu.e...Frustration.pdf


MajorityMinority posted this a few months ago, but WOW! I can honestly say this will help me clear up my SOP. Read it! Digest it! Use it!

this link is broken :(

does anyone have the file or an updated link? google search has proven futile. 

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#103 jimmyjjohn



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:19 AM

I wish I did that. I thought my transcript would reflect it, but it didn't. In fact, my transcript didn't even list both my majors! I almost cried when I saw a scanned copy of it. (My school doesn't give them to students, they mail it out themselves). It didn't say what professors taught which classes or anything. It looked awful.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 05:47 PM

this link is broken :(

does anyone have the file or an updated link? google search has proven futile. 

 Found it! It's here: http://hurapps.tamu....Frustration.pdf

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#105 Crucial BBQ

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 06:07 PM

I just had a professor who sits on admissions committees look over my SOP.

My introduction was talking about how I liked to go to museums as a child and was fascinated by the ancient world. He said that starting out like this is a huge mistake. Obviously if you are applying to study archaeology at the graduate level, it's pretty much assumed that you're fascinated by the ancient world and probably enjoy museums. But so do lots of people. What makes you unique. Attempt to illustrate your passion for the field without really telling some kind of silly story about your childhood. This is also an approach that many people take, and if you really want a strong SOP you'll find a better, more mature, and more creative way to say it.

This may be acceptable to some programs but in general starting out with an anecdote is a no-no. 

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Applying to:

UC Davis:  Biological Hydrology, Master's.  University of MaineSchool of Marine Science, Ph.D. University of MarylandMarine, Estuarine, Ecological Science, Master's.   CSU/Moss Landing Marine LaboratoryMarine Science, Master's.  Brown:  â€‹Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D. University of Rhode Island:  Graduate School of Oceanography, Master's.  UMass Dartmouth:  School for Marine Science and Technology, Master's/Ph.D.  University of Connecticut:  Marine Science, program requires Master's first before move into Ph.D. Coastal Carolina University:  Coastal and Marine Systems Science, Master's


Also considering:

UC Davis:  Environmental Science, Master's.  University of North CarolinaMarine Sciences, program requires Master's first. University of Delaware:  College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment:  probably Master's.  


Removed MIT/WHOI and Scripps from list.  


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