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)
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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.