You will find following instructions for statement of purpose in your Global UGrad application. I am sharing these instructions so that aspiring candidates can start writing the first draft of the statement as early as possible. Everybody is not good at writing personal statements and if you are one of them, you should start early. Write initial drafts using the instructions given below, get help from an English teacher or USEFP alumni.
Note: Following instructions are specific to Global UGrad Application. Other programs may require different aspects of your life in your personal statement.
- Your interests and personality
- Your academic objectives
- Your goals related to your field of study and personal development
- The reasons why you wish to pursue them in the U.S.A and how it relates to your interests and future objectives
Now let’s take a deep look on each of the instructions
Your interests and personality:
This field should include your introduction, hobbies and other interests. Try to focus on the hobbies and interests that portray you as a socially active person. Because the primary purpose of Global UGrad is cultural exchange and being socially active gives you an edge on others. But don’t just write for the sake of it, make sure you are what you say you are.
Your academic objectives:
This field asks for your academic goals like what you want to do after bachelors, whether you want to pursue a PhD, why or why not. You don’t have to write pages about your plans of masters and PhD, just touch upon it a little bit.
Your goals related to your field of study and personal development:
What do you aim to achieve from your studies? What kind of person you want to be? Don’t write vague statements like, “make my country a better place”. Well eventually you will, but tell them how. What faculties will you use to achieve your goals, how determined you are about them. Don’t write the clichés, or the bookish motivational content. Be realistic and practical.
The reasons why you wish to pursue them in the U.S.A and how it relates to your interests and future objectives:
Why USA? Brainstorm a little bit and come up with some good reason as to why do you think USA is the best place for pursuing your goals and objectives. You can mention the numerous opportunities US provides, a variety of audience you can get only in the US. US also offers a large market if you are looking for a business in the future. So try to connect your goals with opportunities provided by the US.
Wait…. Before you scroll down and read the sample personal statement, I would highly recommend that you have written at least one draft of your own. Otherwise, you will simply end up following the pattern provided in the following statement of purpose and it will be difficult to make it look natural, because you will try to trim everything to match the pattern given in the sample statement.
Sample Statement of Purpose
Being the youngest kid, I am very close to my parents. My dad paints and the beauty of his creations have always left me in awe. Since early childhood I was trying to paint, make cards, models and sculptures out of whatever I could find. That interest enabled me to appreciate beauty in our environment. Growing up in Pakistan I realized that our country lacks nothing when it comes to natural beauty, but we have a serious dearth of man-made wonders. During the last year of my college I met a friend who was an architect in the making. Listening to what his studies and career were like, I realized that was what I had always wanted to be and I finally took up the career path that I knew would always keep me inspired and happy.
During the one and a half year of our Bachelors we have been exposed to a number of interesting areas. But Urban Design and Landscaping have been my most favorite. I have been living in Islamabad, the only planned urban city of Pakistan for the past seven years now. My studies helped polish my ability to appreciate the difference between Islamabad and other cities of the country. Thus leading me to want to pursue a career in Urban Design where I can bring the best of natural and man-made beauty together.
There are a number of reasons I want to study in the US, the most important one being that my favorite architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, Frank Gehry and Eero Sariman originate from there. I want to travel to their birthplaces to see what inspired them and the wonders they created. Secondly, being inclined towards Urban Design, I wish to travel and see more urbanized countries and the US is one of the best places to begin with. As your school also offers a course in Urban Design, I believe this opportunity will be one of the best ones I can find to get hands on experience in the field of my interest both academically and practically.