Questions to ask yourself before graduate admissions essay



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Questions to ask yourself before graduate admissions essay

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  • Rachel
  • 中文四

Who am I?

  • Characteristics
  • Skills
  • Difference
  • Previous obstacles
  • Important people
  • Career Goals

Why do I want to continue my studies?

  • When
  • Why
  • What have I learned?
  • Internship, job experience and extracurricular activities
  • Who is my audience?

How can I address my academic record?

  • Gaps and inconsistencies
  • Awards and recognition

Dos and Don’ts

Do

  • Outline and draft
  • Unique introduction
  • Write clearly, confidently and positively(use a mixture of long and short sentences)
  • Write about yourself(I…)
  • Future goals
  • Show, don’t tell
  • Proofread

Don’t

  • Have any grammar or spelling errors
  • Swear or use slang
  • Digress or be repetitive, boring, defensive, arrogant
  • Be wordy or use jargon
  • Preach, talk about politics and religion
  • Be comical
  • Give excuse
  • Make lists of accomplishments
  • What is a
  • Statement of Purpose?
  • 971001017 中文四 鄭雅双 Cheryl Cheng

SOP tells the admissions committee who you are, what has influenced your career path so far, your professional interests and where you plan to go from here.

  • SOP tells the admissions committee who you are, what has influenced your career path so far, your professional interests and where you plan to go from here.

Questions to help you think of writing the SOP

  • (For graduate students) Why do you want to pursue this particular course of study?
  • Why would you choose to attend Program A and not Program B?
  • What is important to you? (experiences& activities)
  • What is distinctive about you?
  • What are you proud of and why?

Identify your goals

  • Identify your goals

Consider exactly why you feel

  • Consider exactly why you feel
  • so passionate about your subject area.

Do you have a specific memory of what first got you interested in your subject?

  • Do you have a specific memory of what first got you interested in your subject?
  • What experiences confirmed that this is what you really want to study?
  • When did you realize that this wasn't just a casual interest, but what you actually wanted to do with your life?

Evaluate your personality, aptitudes

  • Evaluate your personality, aptitudes
  • and interests
  • academic career
  • have a burning desire to teach
  • born researchers
  • fall somewhere in the middle
  • (most of people )
  • Which type of person are you
  • and where you "fit in"?

Explore different career paths

  • Explore different career paths

various employment options available

  • various employment options available
  • university career centers & Internet and library research
  • interview people who have jobs that appeal to you

Write your goals

  • Write your goals

Explain your motivations

What interest graduate and professional schools?

  • Your purpose in graduate study
  • The area of study in which you wish to specialize
  • Your future use of your graduate study
  • Your special preparation and fitness for study in the field
  • Any problems or inconsistencies in your records or scores such as a bad semester
  • "Why do you wish to attend this school?"

Conclusion

  • objective yet self-revelatory. Write directly and tells about your experience and what it means to you.
  • (1) what you learned about yourself
  • (2) about your field
  • (3) about your future goals
  • (4) about your career concerns.
  • It should be specific. Document your conclusions with specific instances (ex individual experience)
  • careful but persuasive writing.

Example

  • Begin
  • I was already doubting my future career choice as a physical therapist.
  • Although I loved… the lack of variety within the field and its limited options for growth bothered me. I needed a career that helped a large number of people, emphasized prevention and primary care rather than tertiary care, and would continually challenge and motivate me to improve…
  • My thoughts wandered to the area of public health, particularly health management.
  • about future goals
  • about himself

My first true introduction to the public health arena came in a class offered through the Big U School of Public Health

  • My first true introduction to the public health arena came in a class offered through the Big U School of Public Health
  • …In the last two years I have continued to learn about public health both through coursework and work in the field.
  • Working experiences in this field

Because field experience is such a valuable learning tool, I searched for a research assistant position that would allow me to view public health at a different level.

  • Because field experience is such a valuable learning tool, I searched for a research assistant position that would allow me to view public health at a different level.
  • …My work at the county health clinic as well as my knowledge of some areas of public health led me to accept an internship in Washington D.C. this past summer.
  • …Along with my duties at XYZ, I attended seminars and met with public health leaders at different functions and events. All these activities confirmed my growing interest in preventive medicine, outcomes and effectiveness, and quality of care, particularly within the private/managed care sector.
  • Many working experiences
  • Show his ability&interests in this field

Ending

  • These are my strongest interests because
  • I believe they are fundamental to our nation’s health. We must achieve efficiency and access without sacrificing quality.
  • …Since rejecting physical therapy as a career possibility my interest in public health has only grown. I welcome the challenge of serving a large community and participating in such a dynamic and challenging field.
  • …I would like to find answers for questions during my career as a public health graduate student and professional.
  • Persuasive and active ending

Ten Tips for Better Writing

  • 英文四 971002201 吳沛彊

Tip #1

  • Express yourself in positive language.
  • Example: “These are my strongest interests because I believe they are fundamental to our nation’s health. We must achieve efficiency and access without sacrificing quality.”

Tip #2

  • Use transitions between paragraphs.
  • Transitions tie one paragraph to the next.
  • (Later, furthermore, additionally, or moreover…)
  • Example: “Because field experience is such a valuable learning tool, I…”

Tip #3

  • Vary your sentence structure.
  • SVO, too much = boredom.
  • Mix: Simple, complex and compound sentences.
  • “Working for the country exposed me to a different side of health care that I had previously seen.”

Tip #4

  • Understand the words you write.
  • Communication over vocabulary

Tip #5

  • Use Synonyms to emphasize/ Reinforce
  • I learned economics at business school.
  • I attained knowledge in economics at business school.
  • I acquired economic skills at business school.

Tip #6

  • Be Succinct. (Expressing in fewer words.)

Example

  • “During my sophomore and junior years, there was a significant development of my maturity and markedly improved self-discipline towards school work.”
  • “During my sophomore and junior years, I matured and my self-discipline improved tremendously.”

Tip #7

  • Make every word count. Do not repeat yourself. Each sentence and every word should state something new.

Tip #8

  • Avoid Qualifiers (Adverbs that modify adjectives) such as quite, somewhat, probably, possibly, etc…
  • “You might improve your writing somewhat if you sometimes try to follow this suggestion.”

Tip #9

  • Use the active voice.
  • Example:
  • The application was sent by the student. (Passive)
  • The student sent the application.
  • (Active)

Tip #10

  • Read and reread Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White.
  • Grammar, punctuation, composition, style…


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