How NOT to write your SOP

It is around this time of year that I get questions about what we look for in Personal Statements or Statements of Purpose (SOP). I’m going to quickly summarize and tell you that we simply want to hear a genuine reflection of what has lead you to graduate school. This should be your personal story, and it should not be a piece of creative writing. I’ve posted about this before with comments from our Admissions Committee members about what they look for. Recently, however, a friend sent me this new post from the Chronicle of Higher Education. I wanted to supplement this essay and add my personal comments. So, take a look at the post then read my comments below.
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