Re: (GRE Success! ) SOP/Resume and Recos
2008-12-01 06:11:18 GMT
On Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 9:01 PM, Sri Harsha <sriharsha24 <at> yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hello Varadhan,
> That is very true. Having to use some flowery words in SoP must be avoided.
> The usage of such words happens when one is out of words and start borrowing
> from someone else's SoPs. One could capture the structure of a well written
> SoP, not the whole words or ideas.
> But if you do mention words like 'passion', then justify it. Otherwise, just
> write plain sentences. The essay should be such that it should reflect your
> honesty and willingness to go for higher studies. Remember, no one SoP is
> excellent. Every SoP is a good essay in its own right. It takes time to
> write any good written work, SoP is no different.
> If you see your SoP after 10 years, it should bring back the true you and
> resonate with what you were and what you are now. Its a thrilling feeling to
> discover that whatever is written in your SoP was 'you'. You should be able
> to identify with it. As time goes by, your SoP will become your personal
> essay about you as a student.
This could be quite hard; 10 years is a long time. People's interests
and what they want out of life can change significantly in this much
time. Having to be so clear about one's entire life *right now* is
particularly hard. I, for instance, have clear sight of my life for
may be a couple years from now; everything about it after that is
still rather blurry. I could be doing a PhD after two years, I could
have bid farewell to academia and be working somewhere after two
years, I could be... heck I don't know! All I know is, two years from
now, I'll have an MS.
If one can have such a clear idea of one's life, I laud one.