Statement of Interest/ Research Proposal. Audience, Context, Purpose. Purpose. Why do you want to go to grad school? What field are you interested in? (hint: what paper, or course, or project did you enjoy most? That’s likely the field you want)
Audience, Context, Purpose
(Thanks to the Berkeley Career Centre for some of this info)
Use the "what I did with my life" approach.
Use the "I've always wanted to study/research _____" approach.
Use a catalog of achievements. This is only a list of what you have done, and tells nothing about you as a person.
Lecture the reader. For example, you should not write a statement such as “communication/research skills are important in this field." Any graduate admissions committee member knows that.
appealing to me
it's importantI can contributemeant a lot to mestimulatingincrediblegratifyingfascinatingmeaningfulhelping people
I like it
ASK MANY PROFESSORS AND FRIENDS IN GRAD SCHOOL TO COMMENT ON YOUR STATEMENT.
DO NOT USE ALL SUGGESTIONS; CHOOSE WISELY.