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Do I need a closing? Can't I just end my sop by talking about a professor I would like to work with? Did anyone else employ this method? Or must I write something like "I feel my skills would be an asset to your university." This type of closing is just so common and doesn't flow with my sop. What type of closing, if any, did you guys choose to go with? Thanks!

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I was literally just staring at my SoP and trying to write a closing before I saw your post. Last year I just ended sort of vaguely talking  about who I wanted to work with, like you mentioned. While I'm positive that wasn't the reason for my lack of success, this year I'm thinking that it would be a much more satisfying essay if it had an actual ending. I don't think I can offer any advice on what your ending should be, but I think a conclusion is better than no conclusion.

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I wrote my SOP's like actual essays, and i think essays typically have intros, bodies (arguments, main ideas -- some sort of flow of content) and conclusions.  so yes, i'd definitely include a conclusion, tying back to something stated in the opening paragraph.  doesn't have to be earth shattering; it can be simple, but genuine, positive, and logical.

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