Essays and SOPs

Taking a year’s break between high school and college or between undergraduate and graduate studies is said to be a ‘gap year’. Taking a gap year is becoming increasingly popular with students today. This is a time when the student takes time away from academic pursuits and explores other ways that contribute towards personality development by volunteering in international programs or studying courses and gaining practical exposure in some field that interests him or her apart from college studies. These activities in turn contribute to one’s growth personally and professionally. Taking a gap year is increasingly becoming the norm and university admission committees have included gap year justification essays as an important part of the application. In India, however, the concept is relatively new. If you need time to think over your choice of career, you can gain exposure by working in the relevant field and later on home onREAD MORE
Good grades are a universal differentiator in gaining admission to reputed universities abroad. However, if all other parameters such as a good SAT/ACT/SAT II/GRE/GMAT score, reasonably good scores in the relevant subjects or work experience are met, then universities make allowances for an average Grade Point Average (GPA). They ask the student to justify the reasons for the below average grades. If the reasons for the low score are strong and acceptable, then you must clarify the same. While justifying your low score may seem easy, a GPA justification essay is not only about justifying the low grades and attributing reasons for. You need to carry an in-depth analysis of the low scores and also inform the admissions committee of your takeaway or learning from this experience. Further, you also need to assure the Admissions Committee that this was a one-time drop in performance and that you are focussed andREAD MORE
How to write a SOP
HOW TO WRITE A SOP The Statement of Purpose is by far the most important document you will write for your study abroad application and therefore it is necessary for you to know the structure and learn some tips regarding-How to write a SOP. The Statement of Purpose, as the name suggests, requires you to state your ‘purpose’; in other words your ‘motivation’ behind attending a particular graduate programme. It’s absolutely necessary as well as crucial for you to come up with an original and exciting story which the committee hasn’t heard before. Your ‘task’ is to write an essay which is not just an engaging read but also includes interesting facts that makes you come across as someone unique and exclusive. Usually, it takes approximately one to two months to write your SOP with an ideal length of 750 to 1000 words. What should your SOP comprise and whatREAD MORE
Writing a statement of purpose | Samples, Tips, Resources

An essay should be memorable. One of the worst things you can do with your statement of purpose is to bore the admissions committee of the universities in the USA, yet that is exactly what most applicants do. Tell a story. Be truthful and stick to the facts; yet, think of the statement of purpose in the terms of writing a story. You want to write as fresh, lively, different – not to mention articulate – to put yourself ahead of the other applicants.  (more…)

Writing graduate school application essay | Tips, samples, resources

Writing graduate school application essay

|Writing a memorable graduate school application essay- An article about a step-by-step approach to writing graduate school application essay.|

Even seemingly boring topics can be made into exceptional admissions essays with an innovative approach. In writing graduate school application essay you must bear in mind your two goals: to persuade the admissions officer that you are extremely worthy of admission and to make the admissions officer aware that you are more than your marks and a standardized score, that you are a real-life, intriguing personality. Unfortunately, there is no surefire step-by-step method to writing a good essay.


Statement of Purpose: How to make a draft

|This article is about the questions you should be asking yourself while making your Statement of Purpose: How to make a draft.|

One of the main problems when writing an SOP is that applicants fail to take a very thorough, probing, and analytical look at themselves and their objectives. Admission committee members are looking for interesting, insightful, revealing, and non-generic essays that suggest you have successfully gone through a process of careful reflection and self-examination. To stand out, you should conduct an introspection of yourself and ask the following questions at the outset.



|Things to remember while writing a SOP: What do Admission Committees Look For? A SOP is the most important document that you will write for your application.|

In an era where the majority of applicants have good academic records, SOP can bring out your uniqueness and therefore can make or break your application. An applicant who does not take the essay seriously is throwing away the best opportunity to shine.