Brainstorming Your Statement of Purpose

You only get one chance to make a first impression; therefore your statement of purpose serves as an introduction to the admissions committee. This first impression should accurately display your personality, professionalism and passion. For a statement of purpose to have the greatest impact, the following questions must be addressed:

  • What do you want to study at graduate school?
  • Why do you want to study it?
  • What experience do you have in your field?
  • What do you plan to do with your degree once you have it?

The hardest part of writing anything is committing your thoughts to paper. To get over this hurdle, answer the aforementioned questions in incomplete sentences.  Don’t worry about formatting or grammar. Just quickly jot down the first thing that comes to mind.  After answering these questions, review what you have written.  Are there specific examples of past experiences—whether at work, school or in your personal life—that demonstrate, strengthen or support your answers? This gives your statement depth and relevancy.

Upon completing this brainstorming session, the majority of your statement of purpose is complete! All that is left to do is organize, edit and wordsmith where necessary. Brainstorming is the key to a well-written statement of purpose, no matter your program of interest, degree level or work experience.

About the Author:

As the Enrollment Coordinator, Brittani McClendon acts as the face of the Charlotte Graduate Campus welcome center in Uptown Charlotte, greeting students, corporate partners, alumni and visitors on the first floor level. Serving as the local contact prospective students and application, McClendon represents broad knowledge of the university’s operations, courses and programs. She received a BA in communications from Pace University and is currently enrolled in the Public Administration program.

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