DanTheMan907 Posted November 25, 2015 Share Posted November 25, 2015 (edited) Of course once I finalized my SOP I got some feedback which made me re-think my approach. I had a change of interest that I choose to mention in my SOP. Prior to writing my SOP I was told that I should include this, because it's honest. And if I tried to claim that I've always wanted to be a researcher it would come across as fake (because it is!) However just yesterday, one of my professors who I think very highly of said I should not include this, because it could raise red flags. Below is the excerpt of my SOP that mentions my career change. " When I finished my bachelor’s degree in biological sciences my goal was to attend medical school and become a heart surgeon. I had always been interested in research, but as the first person in my family to attend college I had to work full time during school to support myself, which left little time for volunteering in a lab. When an unforeseen family issue arose that meant I would have to postpone medical school for two years, I used that time to finally get some research experience by pursuing a master’s degree. The experiences I gained in the master’s program helped me realize that pursuing a Ph.D. would be a much better fit for me than the MD route; that I would be happiest in a career as a research faculty member where I could combine human interaction (teaching) with scientific research." Does anyone have any advise on whether or not to include this? Thanks in advance. Edited November 25, 2015 by DanTheMan907 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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