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  1. Hi everyone. I have no idea who to go to with this question so I am posting it here. I'm Canadian and applying to both Canadian and US Ph.D. programs in anthropology. In the Canadian schools that I'm applying to, the process is that I find a POI to work with and then I apply. After I find a POI to work with the process of applying/getting in is pretty straightforward. This was the same thing I did for my masters (I found a POI, I applied, I got in). In America (particularly at Stanford) I'm confused because I haven't gotten a response from POIs that I'm interested in working with (I've only e-mailed 2). Their admin assistant told me that it's not common for people to have POIs before coming to the school... but then how can you write an SOP with a research interest/question in mind without knowing if the POI you're interested in wants to work with you or not?! Anyway, if I don't hear back, does this mean they don't want a Ph.D. student? Should I not be writing my SOP in a way that is directed toward their kind of research? Also, it says on their website that Ph.D. students work under a committee and not a single advisor. If that is the case, then I assume my research can fall under more than one person's research agenda. Is that correct? It just confuses me that I'm supposed to apply to a place without knowing if the POIs I'm interested in working with are taking students or not! Isn't it kind of a waste of their time and mine if I apply without knowing that my POIs are taking on students? Sorry...very confused by this method! Someone please help clear things up.
  2. I think the more that I work on my applications and my statement of purpose, the more layers of anxieties arise >____> I am wondering - what if the research interest I am delineating in my statement of purpose changes later on, if I get into a program? Does anyone know to what extent things like that are flexible? I've heard that programs expect you to develop/change your interests anyway, so its okay. But then if schools accept you according to how they see you fit into their program - then if those interests change, what happens?
  3. Anybody Alive??

    Just wanted to say hi and check in. Still struggling to finish a good draft for my SOP... Anyone want to take a critical eye to it once it's done? How is everyone doing? Only 19 days until the Dec. 1st deadline!!
  4. Word/page count guidelines - SOP, Writing Sample

    Hello, I have a question regarding word and page count guidelines. Some Statement of Purpose guidelines say to keep it under 500 words, but people on this forum have indicated that it is not necessary to strictly adhere to these restrictions. Some program websites have also gone out of their way to say it is not a strict cutoff, while others don't specify. The same applies for word/page counts on writing samples. If this is the case, what would you say the limit is? For example, for a 500 limit, is 600 too far over the threshold? 700? 800? I typically follow the rules provided, so I automatically don't feel extremely comfortable submitting anything over 500 in this case. My current letter as stands is ~700 words and I am not eager to cut any of it down any further, but I am also hesitant to submit something ~40% larger than requested. Thanks!
  5. Anyone here have experience of writing SOPs which worked out in the end and willing to review my SOP? I wrote a SOP for a specific program but SOPs for the other programs I want to apply on hasn't started yet. I'd like someone to help me refine my first SOP, so hopefully I can grasp some ideas of how to do my other SOPs. I know my problem lies on informal use of words and possibly not specific enough with my research goals, which are the problems I can't fix by myself, so anyone would like to help me out? You don't need to be fine art majored though as I know there must be few in this forum.
  6. Hi everyone, would anyone like to exchange SOPs for feedback? Mine is for Sociology PhD programs. Let me know and I will PM you. Thank you!!
  7. Hi guys: I'm applying to Penn's MCIT program this year, and I'd really appreciate it if you can critique my SOP please? Thank you so much! Dear Admissions Committee of Master of Computer and Information Technology Program: My name is XXXXX, and I’m a first-year student in XXXX School’s MBA program. I would like to apply to Penn’s Master of Computer and Information Technology program so that I can become a more technical thinker, and obtain the skills I need to help technical companies grow, design and develop products that I think should exist, and eventually improve real-world solutions in the process. While my professional strengths have always been in the technical and analytical realm, my biggest motivations have always been to create better solutions for real world problems. Growing up as a first-generation immigrant to North America with a single mother who does not speak English, I often took the role of the adult and the problem solver in my family, and approached the world with an “everything can be done and done better” attitude. As an immigrant, I took strong curiosity to understand how the world works, and as a result, I was a very strong math student– I qualified for USA Math Olympiad in Grade 10 with a perfect score in the qualifying exam (highest level of North American math competition, with most qualifiers in grade 12), and was selected to attend the selection camp for National Math Olympiad Team. Later, I matriculated to Dartmouth University to study math and economics with a full 4-year scholarship from Dartmouth, where I intended to become an economics PhD to better understand the world and create better policies. As an undergrad, I participated in numerous research projects, including a research project in econometrics, analyzing the impact of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in US. During this project, I analyzed the change in labor supply of unmarried females before and after the expansion of EITC program in 1986 with Stata, ran various regression tests, and concluded that the program was indeed successful in encouraging higher labor participation. In addition, I also conducted research over abnormal returns in equity price after private placements in emerging markets as my senior thesis; I collected and cleaned data set, analyzed dataset with Stata, found that consumer confidence during issuance period is the most important driver of abnormal return, and received a A for my thesis. With a strong desire to understand the real world rather than just theory, I joined Templeton’s macro investment team after college. At Templeton, I invested in currencies, bonds, and interest rate swaps through fundamental and quantitative research. I conducted quantitative research over macroeconomic indicators, asset price momentums, price reversal signals, as well as financial market liquidity data with VBA and eViews to produce tradable ideas for our team. After two years, despite being the most junior member on a highly experienced team, I was able to receive “outstanding” rating, and gained trust and credibility with the team through high quality research and investment ideas. While at Templeton, I became interested in the power of technology – much of my work revolved around using computer programs and technical analysis to understand and identify opportunities in the market, and I became increasingly interested in what technology can do, beyond just observing the market. The desire to create and impact real world situations again led me in my exploration, and took me to work as a venture capital investment analyst at XXX Venture Investing Fund. At my fund, I analyze industries across logistics technology, education technology, and digital health, and identify technology companies to invest in in emerging markets. What I enjoyed the most was to help our investee companies grow. For example, one of the companies we invested in was a digital logistics platform called ABC - after we invested in them, we helped the company analyze industry dynamics, provided advices on acquisition plans, and helped them develop a marketing plan to reach more truck drivers and shippers. However, I often wished I could do more - one of ABC’s key milestones was to develop an algorithm that could detect drivers’ preferences and track record, and match more desirable routes to better drivers. I was involved in working with the technical team to identify market needs and develop product concepts that can better serve drivers and shippers; however, I wish I could help with the design work as well - as a former math student, many of the concepts were familiar to me, but I knew I needed to build up more technical skills as well as holistic understanding of computer science in order to do that. Therefore, while I was still working full-time, I took Harvard’s CS50 - Introduction to Computer Science, in order to augment my technical skills. Through the course, I learned basic computer science concepts as well as C-programming through exams and weekly problem sets. What I really enjoyed during the process was solving practical problems during the weekly problem sets - learning the technical skills from this course allowed me to turn my conceptual ideas into reality, and I really enjoyed the process. After this experience, I wanted to gain a better understanding of computer science through continued course work as well as practice. Therefore, during the summer before I started MBA, I worked at a fintech startup called XYZ as a pre-MBA intern. At XYZ, I analyzed customer and loan data to find out customer profiles and actions that drive default, which produced a few variables that we think were more relevant to default; in addition, I also worked very closely with the technical team on automation of credit scoring model for invoice-based loans, and drove the process to develop additional variables for credit scoring models. In addition, I also gained exposure to other areas of computer science beyond data analysis – such as backend design, through projects with the engineering team. The exposure made me appreciate the depth and power of computer scince even more, and made me want to learn more. After I started my MBA program, I immediately registered for Programming Language and Techniques course. Despite being a new student to both Python and Java, I enjoyed the class immensely. In order to get better at the projects, I practiced on my own in CodingBat, and spent many hours trying to make up for my lack of background. I really enjoyed all the things I learned in CIT 590, and was able to get close to 100 grades on most of the homework projects here. As a student, this class opened me to so many new possibilities, and I continue to be inspired by what computer science can do. The technical knowledge I learned in this course has opened many more possibilities for me - I have been working on a non-profit organization that provides career training to underprivileged college students from rural areas since 2016, and in the past, we have written curriculum on soft skill development and career training that we delivered in person. With the skills I’ve learned, I’ve started to turn some of the curriculum into interactive games – instead of being taught by our volunteer teachers, students can now access different workplace interpersonal scenarios through the game, and learn the best practices through results and feedbacks in the game. I really appreciate the possibilities that are made open to me through computer science, and I long for an opportunity to study computer science in a structured and deep way during the next two years.
  8. Hi, The last time I asked for advice on my SOP didn’t go to well. This time I will include it here in full. Hopefully this will make it easier for people to review. A short introduction about me to help with the review: I’m a Dutch computer science major. Over the last couple of months, I have been developing my statement of purposes for the universities which I will be applying to. I'm finally at a point where I feel confident enough about my SOPs that I am willing to share it with people outside my family and references. My transcript and GRE scores aren’t anywhere near what I had hope so a solid SOP is really important. My average is a 7.6 on a 10-point scale which translate to roughly a 3.4 – 3.6 GPA. My GRE is V:155, Q:163 and W:4.5. For my letter of recommendations, I have found the following references: 1. Associate Professor whom I will be assisting in research starting next month. He gave the project I did during his course last year a 10. 2. Lecturer of the courses “Computer Architecture” and “Information Security”, I received good grades in both. He is not a professor but he is well known for his course on C++. 3. Associate Professor in machine learning. He is well known for his work in Vector Quantization. Did part of his MS. at the University of Washington. I am mostly interested in the research areas of CS Theory and AI/ML. Ideally, I would like to combine them both. I will be applying to the Ph.D. or MS. program at UCB, UW, GATech, UCSB, Toronto and Montreal. If all my applications would be unsuccessful I will probably continue with a master’s degree at my current university in the Netherlands. This is a top 100 school with a solid machine learning track, since I am guaranteed to be accepted here I decided to aim high. Now, my statement of purpose, this version is focussed on the University of Washington. You can either read it below or in PDF format: Statement of Purpose – Anonymous.pdf “ Dear Graduate Selection Committee, My name is Jan Janssen, I am a Dutch computer science major born in a small town in the Netherlands. With this statement of purpose, I wish to show you why I would be a suitable candidate for your computer science Ph.D. program. Your incredible reputation in the field of machine learning and in particular the work of professor Kakade on the border of Computer Science Theory and machine learning is one of the reasons why I am applying to your program. Although I was initially interested in the engineering aspect of computer science I became increasingly dedicated to an academic career throughout my bachelor degree. After my first year as a computer science major, I was fortunate enough to be accepted for a basic position at the software engineering department of Sadet, a security company in the Netherlands. During the following one and a half years, I have transitioned from this position to become a key member of the software engineering team while working on multiple projects for usage in both private and national security. In the upcoming months, I will be putting aside my work at Sadet to make time to assist in research at the University of Groningen. While I do not expect to return to Sadet I do look with fondness upon the things I have learned while working here and how the experience was detrimental for my dedication towards a career in research. How exciting and innovation-driven the engineering field of computer science may be, in the end, it has a very volatile nature. I am determined to make long-lasting contributions to the field of computer science. To use the biggest cliché available, I wish to make the world a better place by pursuing a career in computer science research. Before I explain my areas of interest further, I feel that I should address some aspects of my application, mainly my lackluster average grade and minimal research experience. During my undergraduate degree, I focused on getting experience in software engineering outside of the university environment. By doing so, I hoped to build a solid basis to build research experience and focus on my grades while studying for my master’s degree. I was confident that this would be the best preparation for a career in research at an institution in the United States. Over the last two years, a Psoriatic Arthritis diagnosis has increasingly been causing issues in my health. Issues with mobility in my lower back early last summer eventually made me realize that I did not want to wait the additional two years before pursuing my dreams. Since then I have worked on preparing myself for graduate school in the United States by improving my grades and looking for research positions. As I mentioned shortly before, from December onward I will be assisting professor Kaas Kop at the University of Groningen in his research. Due to the introductory nature of the Bachelor degree in the Netherlands, it is very unlikely for Bachelor students to get this opportunity. I am looking forward to experience what I can learn being handed this opportunity and I am dedicated to seize it to the fullest. With the experience gained assisting professor Kaas Kop in his research, combined with my upcoming bachelor thesis and background as a teaching assistant, I am confident that I will be able to deliver the experience required for your Ph.D. program. By joining this experience with my eagerness and unprecedented dedication to improving as a person and academic, I will be able to use it as pillar to build a long-lasting and successful academic career. If I would be accepted to your computer science Ph.D. program there are two areas within the computer science field that I wish to explore and contribute to, Computer Science Theory and Artificial Intelligence. The field of computer science theory is in my view the reverse of the volatile engineering field of computer science I mentioned earlier. Over the last summer break, I read C. Shannon’s paper “a mathematical theory of communication” with the intention of improving my ability to read academic papers. Unintentionally this paper revealed my own interest in Computer Science Theory to me. Aside from the conceptual impact of Shannon’s paper the ever-lasting relevance of the topics explored fascinated me. Hopefully I will be able to contribute in research one day that has the same enduring impact. The research area of Artificial Intelligence, and in particular machine learning, is the primary area that I wish to explore. Over the last few years I have seen the growing impact of machine learning in fields such as medicine and economics. How progress in machine learning research has opened up the possibility for computer scientist to contribute in other fields is something that I find inspiring. By contributing to research in machine learning and in particular vision and speech recognition, I wish to further revision our perspective on personal computing and robotics. I have had the pleasure to be taught the basics of intelligent systems by professor Frank de Boer, a former visiting student at the University of Washington. His work on the boundary between CS theory and machine learning inspired me to search for universities that explore this same border. Work performed by professor Sham Kakade on machine learning theory and in particular his paper on accelerating stochastic descent is the perfect example of this. Throughout my graduate degree I also wish to continue my current activities in educating people outside the academic community. By hosting talks at libraries and community centres I hope to educate them about current research and how this might influence their lives. Besides teaching being a life-long passion of mine, I also see it as an important part of our academic obligation. Hopefully my statement of purpose was able to give you some insight into my motives for pursuing a graduate study and what I aim to do with it. I am positive that my interest in machine learning and theory combined with a passion for teaching will fit into your academic community. Yours sincerely, Jan Janssen “
  9. This might be a really dumb question, but I was still wondering. I just really want to know if my SOP reflects a fit for that particular program (Sociology). And I was thinking of emailing the listed contact reference for graduate applications (not some random professor I mean lol) - so then it wouldn't be completely inappropriate right? What do you guys think? Thanks!
  10. Hi, I’m a Dutch computer science major. Over the last couple of months, I have been developing my statement of purposes for the universities which I will be applying to. I'm finally at a point where I feel confident enough about my SOPs that I am willing to share it with people outside my family and references. My transcript and GRE scores aren’t anywhere near what I had hope so a solid SOP is really important. My average is a 7.6 on a 10-point scale which translate to roughly a 3.4 – 3.6 GPA. My GRE is V:155, Q:163 and W:4.5. For my letter of recommendations, I have found the following references: 1. Associate Professor whom I will be assisting in research starting next month. He gave the project I did during his course last year a 10. 2. Lecturer of the courses “Computer Architecture” and “Information Security”, I received good grades in both. He is not a professor but he is well known for his course on C++. 3. Associate Professor in machine learning. He is well known for his work in Vector Quantization. Did part of his MS. at the University of Washington. I am mostly interested in the research areas of CS Theory and AI/ML. Ideally, I would like to combine them both. I will be applying to the Ph.D. or MS. program at UCB, UW, GATech, UCSB, Toronto and Montreal. If all my applications would be unsuccessful I will probably continue with a master’s degree at my current university in the Netherlands. This is a top 100 school with a solid machine learning track, since I am guaranteed to be accepted here I decided to aim high. I’m looking for as much feedback on my SOP as possible, but I understand that it might nog be beneficial to post it here directly. I would be very appreciative if I could DM it to some people. Additionally, does anyone know of more platforms that could assist me in getting feedback on my SOP, free or paid? Thank you.
  11. Hey! I'm looking for some critiques on my SOP. Anyone willing to help me out? I'll gladly return the favor!
  12. Hey guys, I will be applying to schools, mainly focusing on cosmology. I'd be glad if someone could review / critique a basic draft of my SOP. Here goes: The way math described the physical world in a predictive and self-consistent way had appealed to me since a class project on gravity in grade 11. I enjoyed learning high school physics, and I aced the physics section on the highly competitive Joint Entrance Examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology. I was still unsure about physics as a career, and thus chose the “conventional” engineering major at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. At BITS, I realized the full extent of my affinity towards physics, and the university offered me the freedom to take reading courses as electives. I started with relativity, about which I had always been curious, learning it from a combination of books and online lectures. Fired by the revelation of the significance of Einstein’s equations, I then self-studied basic cosmology, a branch of physics I thought asked the biggest questions, and started a project on plotting the Hu-Eisenstein power spectrum under Dr. Tapomoy Guha Sarkar. In my junior year, I attended a school on advanced cosmology, with lectures on structure formation, inflation and dark energy. How a field of random fluctuations gave rise to the structures we see today was a moment of revelation for me, and inflation struck me as an elegant solution to a host of issues with the big bang model, which still lacked many answers. Driven by this, I started my bachelor’s thesis at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics under Dr. Tirthankar Roy Choudhury. I studied the halo model, and then learned N-body simulations with GADGET-2. I then modified an initial conditions generation code to include massive neutrinos, and ran simulations to assess the impact of the same on the power spectrum at small scales. I had composed an international trivia quiz, organized a national cultural festival, published regularly in the college magazine, written papers on Kashmiri literature, and lectured on control systems and signals and systems apart from my physics projects, but I felt I was not ready for graduate school. I decided to take a year off, during which I studied the HI power spectrum, wrote code for the halo model power spectrum, and an integrated suite for power spectrum and halo mass function calculations. I also started reading more about dark energy, and then modified the GADGET-2 code to include some simple quintessence cosmologies. I also built my own cricket statistics database, and formulated new statistics, Moneyball style, to gauge performances, including using survival analysis to extend censored “not-out” innings. I decided that I needed a firm base and well-rounded view, through a formal education in physics, and joined the master’s program at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Where I had been disillusioned with courses in my undergrad, I started enjoying learning physics properly, topping classical mechanics, both my mathematical physics courses, relativity and statistical physics. I did an optional term paper and presentation for Dr. Ram Ramaswamy on classical fields to start with quantum field theory, and continued studying the same under Dr. Debashish Ghoshal as I wanted to explore theoretical cosmology, through studying inflation. I am now starting my master’s project on effective field theory techniques in inflation and dark energy. My progress gave me confidence, which was bolstered further when I was awarded the prestigious Summer Research Fellowship by the Indian Academy of Sciences. I spent the summer of 2017 working under Dr. Jasjeet Singh Bagla at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali. I generated initial conditions using a scale-invariant power spectrum, and ran a suite of simulations in an Einstein-deSitter cosmology using GADGET-2, to investigate the dependence of the Sheth-Tormen mass function parameters on the tilt of the power spectrum. In the most productive two months of my life, I felt at home in research, modeling it as a cascade of problems I enjoyed solving. This was also the first time I used statistics for actual inference and fitting. On the side, I adapted codes for the power spectrum and correlation function, and also started a project with a student of Dr. Bagla’s, where I am using my modified GADGET-2 code to plot the halo mass – angular momentum relation in some quintessence cosmologies. My stints at NCRA and IISER, along with my independent projects in physics and otherwise, have convinced me that I am best suited for research: I enjoy and work best with formulating and attacking problems. I believe that simulations are going to be the single most powerful tool in the future, since the universe is the only instance, and experiments are limited. The questions of dark energy and inflation are still unsolved in cosmology, as it enters an exciting era with abundant data and computational power. I want to use my graduate education to further pursue these questions as a career, and also teach, which I believe is important to learn, as well as continue encouraging people to take up such questions in the future. I have explored a wide variety of fields within cosmology, and mainly want to use simulations to confirm new models, of dark energy, inflation and structure formation. I believe I am suited to graduate work in cosmology, with my experience in theory and simulations, my work in statistics, and my previous background in electrical engineering, which is a suitable combination for a field that now involves working in everything. Moreover, I believe I have the tenacity and self-learning ability to succeed in graduate school and research, as evidenced by my journey from an engineering major to physics. <Insert department-specific portion here: will contain more specific work goals / might have to condense with the above paragraph.> ------------------------------------ Thanks a lot, guys!
  13. Hey all, Anyone willing to review the first draft of my SoP? I will send you a message of my SOP text. This for Masters in Human Computer Interaction and Design. Cheers,
  14. Would anyone be willing to look over my rough draft of one of my SOPs for an international affairs program? I'll PM you what I currently have and what my concerns are! Thanks in advance!
  15. I studied as a Visual Art student during my undergrad, and focused mostly on fine arts, but now I'd like to attend for MFA in illustration, which is not so related in fine arts. Do I talk about it when I mention my undergrad major, or should I add some sentences briefly to inform the viewers why I changed interests? and is it ok to say I'm interested in both and want to give up on neither?
  16. Here is the first paragraph of my SOP (with identifying info removed). I bolded the sentence I'm concerned about. "When I emerged from my undergraduate studies at [Undergraduate University], I knew I wanted to pursue a career in research. However, at that time, I was far less certain about the area of research I wanted to focus in. For this reason, I found it beneficial to take an intermediary step prior to attending a Ph.D. program. That’s why I chose to pursue a terminal master’s degree in [degree] at [Graduate School]. While at [Graduate School], I participated in a wide variety of research experiences. It was a culmination of these experiences that made me realize I wanted to pursue a Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology and focus my research on [redacted]." I was describing my SOP to one of my professors, and she said not to make it sound like I wasn't sure what I wanted to research. Instead, she suggested that I say I was picking between areas. However, I honestly had never heard of Quantitative Psychology until I got to graduate school. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Am I over thinking it or is she right?
  17. SoP Advice for Cultural Anth

    I'm a senior in undergrad applying for sociocultural phd programs. I'm wondering how specific to make my SoP. I know the general area I want to study in, and I'm writing my senior honors thesis on the topic, but how in-depth should my SoP be? Do I need to clearly outline a specific problem/theory or I can I generally say: I'm interested in the intersection of racial white privilege and poverty and the ways in which these individuals utilize resources to construct meaning and identity in relation to notions of health, beauty and education. My work will draw on a framework of political economy, practice theory, and critical whiteness studies. I elaborate a bit on a lack of previous ethnographic research in this field, but I'm not too sure how specific I should get. I think I prefer to dedicate more space to how my work will fit into a certain program? I'm applying to UCLA, U of T-Austin, Johns Hopkins, and CUNY if that matters I appreciate your thoughts!
  18. Overlap in degree dates

    Hi there, I have 2 masters. The official graduation date of the first program is 6 months after the beginning of the second program. I started to study in the second program in January, but the certificate shows that I graduated from the first program in June. Would this be a problem? Should I offer detailed explanation in SOP or CV? Thank you!
  19. Hi all! Since Columbia SIPA"s early application deadline is right around the corner, I wanted to start a thread for other SIPA hopefuls who- if they are anything like myself- are quietly panicking right about now. Anyone else struggling with the ridiculously short SOP word count? Has anyone actually submitted their app yet?
  20. Hello, I'm applying for master's psychology programs (Fall 2018) and am working on the first draft of my SOP and am having difficulty speaking to my post-bacc. A bit of context - Finished my BSc in psych in 2015. GPA 3.34, no honours thesis, but did a few small classroom research projects and some major lit reviews. Also have solid GRE scores from last application season. I took 2 years off, volunteering as a lab assistant for a year. I applied to master's programs for this fall but wasn't admitted. So, instead I'm completing a post-bacc. In my post-bacc I'm taking upper-level undergrad courses, a couple of grad courses, and completing an undergrad thesis. My grades from the first semester of this program won't be in before (most) applications are due, but so far it's looking like it will show that I'm capable of a better GPA. Anyway, I'm not sure exactly how to speak to this aside from the research experience that I'm gaining, or if it's something that I even should be spending time on in my SOP (again, aside from the research). Any advice is greatly appreciated!
  21. I don't have a very good GPA in my undergrad because the teachers available in my undergrad college were not up to the mark. To be honest, they were not properly qualified at all to teach. I think this is quite normal in a third world country where teachers are not paid well and highly skilled people just almost always go to the industries because of better salary and research facilities there. More often than teaching correct things, they would teach incorrect things and expects students to rote learn the concepts -- transcribe the material in the examination exactly as they taught even if it's incorrect sometimes. This made no sense to many of us of course, except the ones who were blindly running behind the grades without trying to gain any practical knowledge. The undergrad GPA was really not the indicator of success in my college; in fact, a higher GPA was almost always the indication that this guy is seriously lacking in the application of the concepts. This led me and many of my friends to lose interest over time in the studies and we started involving ourselves more in project work. Now my question is that is it okay if I mention this in my SOP? Or is it too harsh to say it? The downside, if I don't say it, is that it weakens my application due to GPA, which colleges take very seriously, as far as I've researched. They will think I lack some serious skills. I can offset the impact with my good project work that I've done in subsequent years, but still, I am confused how to explain the low GPA.
  22. Hi can anybody please evaluate my SOP here? It is quite long and I am unable to cut short it. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much! draft1.pdf
  23. Hello! I was just wondering if anyone would be interested in giving some feedback on my purpose statement? I'll be applying for a Master's degree in Computer Science in a month or so. Please PM me (or reply here) and I'll reply back with a PDF link.
  24. I'm applying for PhD programs in religious studies and am wondering if I need to include a note about my undergrad GPA in my SOP. It's not horrible (3.46 on a 4.3 scale), but not exceptional either. I'm finishing up my second master's (not uncommon in my field) and my GPAs for both masters are above 3.8. I'm also wondering if I should explain this because my undergraduate transcript has at least one C from my freshman year and some withdrawals from courses, not to mention random coursework (Political Math anyone? Astronomy? What was I thinking...). I know I'm competing against students who knew exactly what they wanted to do from freshman year and who have 3.9 GPAs, so I'm just wondering if it's worth the sentence or two in my SOP. Perhaps mentioning it will raise concerns that weren't even there?
  25. Hey, guys! I was hoping to find someone interesting in trading their SOP, especially for a public affairs/government related program. Let me know!