Writing a Statement of Purpose for admissions to universities abroad is a rather challenging thing. What makes it more so for the undergraduate applicants is the dearth of material to write about. While there are many aspects that a student applying for a master’s program can include, or for that matter an MBA applicant can include in his/her SOP, the student applying for an UG course finds it difficult to do so. For them, there might not be any professional experiences. Not everyone would have traveled the world nor would they have a long list of extra-curricular. As such, how to write the SOP for an UG course becomes a completely different practice.
To start off, there are many things a student applying for UG courses can include in the SOP. But, how to go about the process? Is it any different? Here’s a look at the 5 basic steps of writing the SOP for a bachelor’s program.
Step 1: Prepare a list of important achievements of your school life.
At the UG level, what you have to offer is not 3 years of work experience or 4 – 5 years of your college life. What instead you have is about 12 full years of your growth. Your journey has been longer and hence you have so much more to include. Think about the past 12 years, imagine the smallest joys and the greatest teachers, think about the stresses and the joyous victories. It could be your win at the State Level Volleyball Tournament or the first win in an intra-class debate competition in your 5th standard. Whatever it might be, you have a long history of 12 years to rack up. So think about all the instances and if you still remember them, there is a good reason to include them in your list.
Step 2: Do not look for a theme – just think about your life’s journey so far.
Contrary to the 5 basics of how to write a SOP, this is one step that is completely invalidated. At this juncture, we suggest to not think of a theme other than your life’s story. This is, in true terms the platform where you would be able to talk about what all you have done and how you came to this decision. You are still exploring and deciphering and yearning to learn. You have to mention everything so don’t go searching for leadership instances or any specific characteristic. You are still mouldable, be flexible in your SOP and just don’t pick a particular instance.
Step 3: Prepare your first draft.
At the UG stage, we pull this step forth and ask you to start with writing it down. This is important even before you start cutting your lists. We suggest that you prepare a draft early on, even before you get a chance to think what all you wish to include.
Step 4: Discuss your lists and the first draft.
Discussing with friends, families, and if you share that rapport, with your teachers is a great way to start pruning your list. Find out what they think of your draft, which incident they would rather have you remove and what all they think you should talk about. Ask help for your drafts’ to be critiqued and questioned. Remember, they would be able to look at your achievements from an outsider’s perspective and find something more amusing than other.
Step 5: Finalize your essay.
Once you have discussed the draft and the lists, it is now time to finalize your essay. We always recommend writing a piece. Once you have completed the same, simply write the statement of purpose again. Be very clear about your goal, keep in mind what all you want to include in your SOP for the UG course. Once you have completed, edit the document, remove the grammatical and typographical errors. There is no finite number of times you might have to write and re-write your essay. We recommend, keep at it till you read it and feel that this is it.