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কুয়েট থেকে ভার্জিনিয়া টেকঃ আমার গল্প

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Mohammad Shabbir Hasan, PhD Student, Virginia Tech

KUET CSE 2K3

people.cs.vt.edu/shabbir5

Steven Spielberg এর “Catch Me If You Can” মুভির শুরুর দিকের কিছু সংলাপ আমার খুবই প্রিয়।

Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.

– Frank Abagnale Sr.

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মার্কিন যুক্তরাষ্ট্র: উচ্চ শিক্ষা ও ভুল ধারনা

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

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Jannatun Naher Tandra

Graduate Research Assistant

South Dakota State University, USA

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লিটন ভাই আমাকে বললেন তোমাকে তো একটা লেখা দিতে হবে । লেখার বিষয়টা হবে উচ্চ শিক্ষা । বেশ ঘাবড়ে গেলাম । উনি বললেন ; তুমি শুধু তোমার গল্পটা বল । আমাদের উদ্দেশ্য হবে উচ্চ শিক্ষা বিষয়ে সবার ভুল টা যেন ভেঙ্গে যায় । বিশেষ করে মেয়েরা; তারা যেন বুঝতে পারে , উচ্চ শিক্ষা মানেই শুধু স্বামীর হাত ধরে বিদেশ যাত্রা নয় ।

তাহলে গল্প টা শুরু করি, আমার জন্ম ও বেড়ে ওঠা বাংলাদেশের এক মফস্বল জেলা শহরে । সেই শহরের সবচেয়ে ভীতু আর ঘরকুনো মেয়ে ছিলাম আমি । তবে পদার্থ আর গণিত ভালবাসতাম বলে প্রকৌশলী হতে  চেয়েছিলাম আর চেয়েছিলাম বাংলাদেশের সবচেয়ে সেরা শিক্ষা প্রতিষ্ঠানে পড়তে । উচ্চ মাধ্যমিকে সেটা সম্ভব হলেও, বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় এ এসে খানিকটা  হোঁচট খেলাম । বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় এ ভর্তির পর দেখেছি যে যেখান থেকেই আসুক, সবাই দুটি দলে ভাগ হয়ে পড়ে । কেও লেখাপড়ায় অতিরিক্ত উৎসাহী, কেও প্রচণ্ড নিরুৎসাহী । আমি  দ্বিতীয়  দলে পড়লাম । প্রথম সেমিস্টার এর ফলাফল আমার নিরুৎসাহকে যেন আরো বাড়িয়ে দিল । স্কুলে কলেজে পদার্থ আর গণিতে কেও কখনও আমাকে হারাতে পারিনি, সেই আমি Economics এ   Backlog খেয়ে একটি ইতিহাস গড়লাম ।

আমার বন্ধুরা সব অসাধারণ ভাল ফলাফল করতে লাগলো । যতখানি ভালবাসা আমার শিক্ষকেরা আমার বন্ধুদেরকে দিয়েছিলেন , তার চেয়ে বেশি অবজ্ঞা আর তাচ্ছিল্য তারা আমাকে দিলেন । আমাদের ক্লাসে একটা মেয়ে ছিল , ওর আর আমার রোল ছিল পাশাপাশি । ওঁই মেয়েটি আমাকে অনেক বুঝিয়েছে , ও আমাকে বলত তোমাকে দেখার আগে আমি তোমার গল্প অনেক শুনেছি , সেই গল্প গুলো তো অন্যরকম ছিল , তুমি কি আবার আগের গল্পে ফিরে যেতে পার না । আমি যেতে পারিনি ; কোথায় যেন হারিয়ে গিয়েছিলাম । Third year এ উঠে আমি অসাধারণ একজন বন্ধু পেলাম, আমার রুমমেট। ঐ আপু পরবর্তীতে KUET  এর শিক্ষিকা হয়েছিলাম । উনি বললেন এই  রাখলাম GRE  এর বই , আজ থেকে তোমার প্রস্তুতি শুরু । এত খটমট লাগল শব্দ গুলো , আমার সোজা জবাব , আমার দ্বারা এসব হবে না । আপুর কথা আচ্ছা ঠিক আছে তুমি সময় নাও ,  CGPA টা ভাল করার চেষ্টা কর । Fourth year এ উঠে একটু  serious হলাম । আমার কৃতকর্মের জন্য আমার শিক্ষকদের  সবসময় ধারনা ছিল আমি  একা কিছু পারি না । জেদ করে একা একা Thesis করলাম ,  Class  এর কোন মেয়ে CCNA  করতে রাজী হল না । একাই CCNA করলাম । 4-2 তে বেশ ভাল একটা  ফল ও করলাম । আমি  1ST Class ও পেয়ে গেলাম । কোত্থেকে যেন  IT তে একটা জব ও হয়ে গেল । কিন্তু  GRE শব্দটা  ভীষণ খটকা দিতে লাগল , আমার দুলাভাইও GRE এর জন্য  Preparation নিচ্ছিলেন , সেই সাথে ঐ আপুও প্রায় বলতেন, কিরে শুরু কর । আমি আচমকা আড়াই মাস পর চাকরি ছেড়ে দিলাম । আমার আম্মু তো রেগে অস্থির । আমার আপুরা  Transfer হয়ে  Chittagong চলে গেল । ভয়ানক একটা দুঃসময় আসল জীবনে । আমার কাছে একটি পয়সা নেই । Living Expense জোগাড় করব কি করে । গোপনে গোপনে  tuition এর চেষ্টা করলাম , সফল হলাম না । আমার আব্বু আমাকে বললেন তুমি যা চাও তাই হবে,  যদি  তুমি সত্তিই  সেটা আমাকে দিতে  পারো । GRE, TOEFL  এর কোন Coaching আমি করিনি । লজ্জা লাগত এই টাকাটা চাইতে । আব্বুর কথা , সবাই দেখি  Coaching করে , তুমি কিছুই করনা , তোমার কী ধারনা তুমি নিজেই  যথেষ্ট । ভিতরে ভিতরে আমার গলা কাপলেও শক্ত হয়ে বললাম যথেষ্ট।  এইসময়ে সবচেয়ে বেশি কষ্ট আম্মুর কাছ থেকে পেয়েছি । একেবারে মেয়ে  ; তারপর অবিবাহিত , একা একা বিদেশ গমনের ইচ্ছা , হবে তো নাই , তারপরও এ ধরনের ইচ্ছা , ধৃষ্টতার একটা সীমা থাকা উচিৎ ।  যাই হোক  GRE ফলাফল বেশ ভালই হলো । সবাই বলল  Quant এ  ৮00/৮00 পেয়েছ, No  চিন্তা । কিন্তু আমি চিন্তিত হয়ে পড়লাম  Low CGPA এর কারনে । শুধু শুধু অর্থ বিনাশ হবে এই ভেবে মাত্র  দুইটি University   তে Apply  করলাম আর  BCS এর জন্য পড়তে লাগলাম , যদি না হয় এই ভয়ে  । BCS এর Preliminary তে টিকে গেলাম , এর মধ্যে একটি বেসরকারি শিক্ষাপ্রতিষ্ঠানে আমার চাকরী ও হয়েছে । তারপর একদিন পাখি হয়ে স্বপ্নের সন্ধানে ঊড়াল দিলাম । আমার চেয়ে বেশী অবাক হল আমার সহপাঠীরা । ও তো কথায় বলে না , ও কী করে একা একা  বিদেশে থাকবে!

আমি পরবর্তীতে যতটুকু জেনেছি , আমার চেয়ে অনেক ভালো Profile এর ছেলেরা আমার University তে  Fund পাইনি । অনেকে Admission ও পাইনি । এর একটা উল্লেখযোগ্য কারন  Research এ মেয়েদেরকে  অনেকসময়  কিছুটা সুবিধা দেওয়া হয় । আমার এই কথার উদ্দেশ্য নিজেকে দুর্বল প্রমাণ করা না । আমি জানি আমি দুর্বল নই । যতোখানি দুর্বলতা রয়ে গেছে তার জন্য আমার আলস্যই একমাত্র দায়ী ।আমরা  মেয়েরা দুর্বল হলে নাফিসা আপু এ Intel  জব পেতেন না , ফারহা আপু আজ USA University  এর  Faculty হতে পারতেন না ।  আরও অনেকে আছেন যাদের কথা জানিও না ।

শুধু আমাদের ভুল ধারনাই আমাদেরকে দুর্বল করে রেখেছে ।  KUET এ থাকতে আমি  জানতাম  Programming এমন একটা বিষয় , যেটা ছেলেরা Solve  করবে  আর মেয়েরা copy, paste করে জমা দিবে । এখন আমি এখানে অনেকের চেয়ে ভালো Programming পারি । নিজের প্রশংসা আরেকটু করি । আমাদের  Course Project এ  Additional একটা   Part ছিল । আমিই  class এর একমাত্র ব্যক্তি যে এটা  solve করতে পেরেছিল । আশা রাখছি খুব তাড়াতাড়ি একটা  paper বের করব  এর উপর।

আমার এই দীর্ঘ গল্পের উদ্দেশ্য আমরা যারা শূন্যে পড়ে আছি , আমরা যেন বুঝি , আমাদের একটু খানি চেষ্টাই জীবনটা ধন্য করে দিতে পারে ।  আর আমরা তোমাদেরকে খুব  Miss করি এখানে । আসো  উচ্চ শিক্ষা এর ক্ষেত্রে  BUET, KUET Ratio টা  1:1 করে ফেলি ।  উচ্চ শিক্ষা বিষয়ে যে কারো কাছে জানতে পারো । রায়হান ভাই, লিটন ভাই , রিয়াদ ভাই  যে কারো কাছে ।

আমি অনুরোধ করব কেও যদি  জানেন , যেমন কিছু বিষয়ঃ

1) At which time the GRE preparation should be started and the materials for GRE?

2) How to select Universities?

3) How to email professors?

4) How to write SOP?

5) About the living expenses of USA?

6) How to manage financially, In case of partial fund or without fund?

7) The total amount of money need to spend in case of full fund.

8) How people can bring his spouse and what are the things he should follow and the expenses for that?

আমি এগুলো খোঁজার Try  করেছি , কেন জানি পেলাম না ।এক জায়গায় থাকলে সবার সুবিধা হয় । এই  বিষয়গুলা   KUET Higher Study  তে  Upload করা যেতে পারে । আমরা সবসময় চেষ্টা করি  সবার সব প্রশ্নের উত্তর দিতে । সময়ের অভাবে অতো বিস্তারিত বলা সম্ভব হয়  না । ছেলেমেয়েরা কষ্ট পায় , ভুল বোঝে , মন খারাপ করে আগ্রহ হারিয়ে ফেলে ।

আগ্রহ হারিও না তোমরা ।  ধৈর্য  রাখো । USA তোমাদেরকে welcome করার জন্য  সাগ্রহে wait করছে।

যে  খেতে চাই বড় মাছের বড় একটা মাথা ,

জেনে রেখো সেই পায় বেশী কাঁটার ব্যথা ।

তন্দ্রা

KUET এর প্রাক্তন শিক্ষার্থী, যুক্তরাষ্ট্র থেকে

*****SOP Writing Guidelines*****

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

As application deadlines for Fall/Spring admissions are approaching, applicants are in rush situation in preparing application package. SOP is one of the important documents to be submitted for grad admission.

I’ve attached my SOP (or, letter of intent) as well as personal history statement (PHS) (some Universities ask for PHS).

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3if5cl4kfurUTE1aTF5Nmd3VzQ/edit?usp=sharing

Also follow the SOP writing guidelines taken from top most Universities of USA.

1) University of California, Berkeley

2) MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3) California Institute of Technology

4) Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

5) The University of California, Los Angeles

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Some points to be taken into account:

1) Do not show your weak points in SOP
2) Do not ask for funding in SOP
3) Emphasize on research and academic accomplishments
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~Mottaleb Hossain
Graduate Student, University of New Mexico, USA
http://www.unm.edu/~mottaleb77

Higher Study in Australia

Friday, June 7th, 2013

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Md Jahirul Islam

PhD Research Student
School of Electrical and Information Engineering
The University of Sydney, Australia
&
Assistant Professor (On Leave)
Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE)
Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET)
Khulna, Bangladesh.

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Recently, when I’m being available online in Facebook, Skype or in Yahoo Messenger many of my friends, juniors, students and even few elder brothers used to knock me and want to know about the “Higher Study in Australia”. Please don’t think that I feel bored to answer them. Always I tried to answer and suggest them whatever I could. But sometimes I’ve had to be busy with my research or other works and it might not possible to reply in time. Thus, I realized to write something in this platform. I’ll try to answer the common questions that I was asked several times.

Before starting, I want to say something about the study in Australia. According to The Washington Post www.washingtonpost.com and The Guardian www.guardian.co.uk Australia has rated the best place to live and work for consecutive third years. The scholarship amount and the rate of per hour working time are very much attractive. But, basically the tuition fees http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/en/Study-Costs/Fees/Tuition-fees for Masters and PhD level as well as the living cost in Australia are very high. Thus, without scholarship (both tuition fees and living), self-financing is very difficult for most of us except a very few students.

If you decide to continue your higher studies in Australia then read the following steps or you may quit now!!!!!!!!!

There are two semesters in Australia. Semester-1(Most student enrolment) starts in March, application starts from June-August in the previous year. Semester-2(Less enrolment) starts at August, application starts from Jan-March. Thus, for Semester-1 in 2014, application process in ongoing now!!

First of all, the choice of Research Laboratories in different universities in Australia. There are several World top ranked universities in Australia.

Australian

Rank

Institution World
Rank
1 University of Melbourne 37
2 Australian National University 38
3 University of Sydney 58
4 University of Queensland Australia 74
5 Monash University 117
6 University of New South Wales 173
7 University of Western Australia 189
8 University of Adelaide 201-225
9 Macquarie University 226-250
10 University of Wollongong 251-275

The first eight universities altogether are called “Group of Eight” (Go8). The Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of leading Australian universities, intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education http://www.go8.edu.au. There are other some universities which world ranking varies between 250 to 400. These universities are University of Newcastle, Queensland University of Technology, Charles Darwin University, University of Tasmania, Curtin University, Deakin University, Flinders University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, University of South Australia, Swinburne University of Technology etc. It should be kept in mind that, ranking of the universities is not all; the overall research facilities of the lab in which you wanted to research should be the first condition of choosing the right university for you.

Second, if you’ve chosen a suitable lab that suits with your research attraction, find out the potential supervisors of that lab. Read their profiles carefully and also the link or announcement of their lab/personal website where potential future students are asked to contact. If you satisfy with the research topic of the Faculties write them (e-mail) about your interest of research in an attractive way. Please note that, some universities want higher CGPA in the applicant’s undergraduate level. For example, some programs in The University of Melbourne and Monash University require UG CGPA higher than 3.80!! Don’t be afraid, I’m just waring you that, before mailing to supervisors, be sure about the requirements of the university (searching ‘requirements for future students’ in universities website). Most of the universities asked for IELTS of score 6.5 or TOEFL of 90+. There also some provision to admit without IELTS, under the sub-section ‘Other ways to satisfy English language requirement’. An official statement from your university showing that your undergraduate + masters studies were conducted in English are accepted in some top universities like University of Melbourne, Sydney and so on. IELTS or TOEFL score can be sent later after application. Thus, along with finding supervisor, prepare yourself to sit for these exams.

Now, the most common question is; how to convince supervisors? Or sometimes, I’ve heard to say that, I’ve sent many e-mails and got no reply. Sometimes the writing style of your e-mail, the time of sending and finally your luck depend on to get the reply. We’ve no access to luck, but can do something to get a reply!! I’ve seen that, same professor replied me when I send the same e-mail rather than Friday-Monday. I think, supervisors get a number of e-mails during the weekend and do not read all of them at all. Never send e-mails to professors of same lab at a time. Sending one, wait for a week and if he doesn’t reply then send to others likewise. Here is a snapshot of a sample of e-mail (Enlarge for clear view) what I used to write to supervisors. If you get any response from any supervisor, then he may ask you to write a ‘Research Proposal’. I may discuss later on ‘How to write a research proposal?’…and finally start for applying.

(Note that, this writing is totally based on the procedure I followed during my application to Australia. If you have any suggestion, please let us know, we’ll update as well)

Special thanks to Mottaleb Hossain Liton for his inspiration.

Some Facts about Higher Study @ USA

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

It’s a burning question of KUETians who are trying/planning for higher study with low CGPA. The USA universities usually put their minimum requirement around 3.00 for MS admission and 3.5 for PhD admission. This is not true always. In most cases, your admission and funding will depend on your overall package.

1) Academic Results
2) GRE
3) TOEFL/IELTS
4) Research Experience (you did it as a part of your undergraduate thesis, so don’t worry about it, just try to have some publications based on that)
5) Co-curricular activities

I saw many students with higher CPGA (>3.5), GRE (>1400 old/321 new) or IELTS (>7.00) or TOEFL (>100) not getting admission to the universities they prefer…

Also I’ve found students with low academic results (sometimes below 3.00) and higher other stuffs (sometimes with low GRE and TOEFL) getting admissions with funding to their desired universities.

Although some people will say it’s not an example it’s exception….But it’s fact..

You wanna know why????? Let’s see the available funding sources for students:

1) RA (Research Assistantship): most and possible in most cases
2) TA (Teaching Assistantship): few and competitive
3) GA (Graduate Assistantship; RA+TA): few and competitive
4) Fellowship: few and competitive
5) Other external and internal funding sources (such as Fulbright or alike)

For an example two students have applied in the same university in the same department to do research with the same professor with different academic profiles?

What do you think who will get funding?
The one whose research interest matches with Professor’s ongoing/upcoming research project. Professors usually expect a student having research experience…..I mean Professor wants you to be an independent researcher….although he will engage you to learn…

[One thing I need to mention based on my experience is that sometimes you will hear from someone like "r e tor/tomar/apnar to valo CGPA nai, tui/tumi/apni higher study korbi/korben kmnne!!!!!!!!!!" Just ignore....]

So my dear fellow KUETians: don’t be frustrated with your low CGPA (but please try to improve your GPA from the beginning of your undergraduate study)….go ahead…Wanna see u in a leadership position in the near future in the field of your interest…

Good Luck!!!!!!!!


~Mottaleb Hossain

Graduate Student, OSE/PA/ECE

University of New Mexico, USA

http://www.unm.edu/~mottaleb77

Major Scholarship/Fellowship information

Sunday, February 17th, 2013
Major Scholarship/Fellowship information for studying abroad at different organizations/countries:
http://www.erd.gov.bd/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=232&Itemid=259
Prospective Scholarship Information for Long Courses:

~Mottaleb Hossain

Graduate Student, University of New Mexico, USA

http://www.unm.edu/~mottaleb77

How to find professors relevant to your research track/interest?

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Many students are struggling to find professors relevant to their research track. But it is very easy to find Professors and openings/available positions in their (Professors) research group.

Just follow the procedures:

Best Engineering Schools According to US News:

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-engineering-schools/eng-rankings

State wise list of Universities: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/state/

For an example I consider School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of Cornell University….

1) http://www.ece.cornell.edu/
2) http://www.ece.cornell.edu/research/ (you will find ongoing research at ECE Department)
3) http://www.ece.cornell.edu/ece/research/optoelectronics.cfm (choose the option which matches your research interest; for an example I’ve chosen Optoelectronics and Nanophotonic Devices, sometimes you will find research centers, just explore)
4) There you will find professors doing research on Optoelectronics and Nanophotonic Devices
5) Explore their profile and find whether they have available research positions or your research interest matches with…
6) http://www.ece.cornell.edu/ece/research/profile.cfm?netid=fr37 (I have chosen Farhan Rana)
7) Now you have Professor Farhan Rana’s profile (most of the time you will find Professors personal web page option in his profile section, it depends university to university web policy)
8) Now go to his research group webpage. http://people.ece.cornell.edu/rana/default.htm
9) You will find several options like research, people in his group, openings etc
10) Now go to openings section. http://people.ece.cornell.edu/rana/Openings/Openings.htm
11) You will see few graduate positions available in his group
12) Now e-mail to Professor and wait for response
13) Tile: Seeking research position in Semiconductor Optoelectronics Group or
Research interest in………….and graduate (PhD) admission..

Dear Professor,

Good morning. I’m very much interested in Optoelectronic Materials and Devices and intend to perform research activities at ECE Department in the graduate level. (I have formally applied for PhD in ECE for the Fall, 2013…..)

Please note that one of my research papers has been published recently at the IEICE Transactions on Electronics (or you are going to publish your research outcome…..)

Due to my eagerness & research interest, I am more than willing to carry out advanced research at ECE Department (or in your group) and add values to the cutting edge research environment under your direct supervision.

(Make it short as possible as you can because professors get lots of e-mail from students all over the world. They don’t have much time to read all of your stuffs.)

14) Wait for response

Apply

Please keep in mind that US professors usually want PhD students…..normally they don’t provide funding to MS students because the research projects run for very long time 2, 3, 4, or 5 years…..first one year (or less) professors will teach you what is research and help you to learn (literature review, lab works etc…)…then he will expect from you…

Most of the professors do not update their profile although they have currently available research positions. In that case search their CV or other related options.

Explore and find your future professors to whom you are going to perform advanced research.

Good Luck!!!!!

~Mottaleb Hossain

Graduate Student, University of New Mexico, USA

http://www.unm.edu/~mottaleb77

Recommendation Letter for Graduate School

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Raihan Masud, PhD Student,

Dept. of Computer Science, University of Oregon, USA
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Recommendation letters are very important for admission. For recommendation letter, most important thing what the referee is telling about your research credential and potential for grad schools. It is more valuable if the referee says -

“I have seen him for four years and most of the classes with me, he got B but his aptitude for research is extra ordinary. His thesis under my supervision was published in 15th IEEE conference on … He has excellent problem solving skills which I strongly believe will make him a star graduate student. He will produce quality research for sure. I enthusiastically recommend him for the PhD program at University of X ”

than if the referee says

“He has taken five courses with me. In all those courses he got A. I personally know him and he is very studious student and his gpa is 3.99. I wish him good luck in grad school”

Also it is good idea, if the referee tells about his own research and also from where he got his PhD. Please refer #3 sample letter.

Warning: Having similar recommendation letter from 3 faculty will increase the chance of understanding that you wrote those letter and then the faculty signed it. This has a very bad impact on admission process. So, request the faculty to write on your behalf or at least if you provide drafts to them, try to focus on your different strengths on different letters. Also try to follow different writing styles.

Here are some links for recommendation letter writing. Please read as the following order. My favorite is #2.

#2. http://www.cs.brown.edu/~sk/Memos/Grad-School-Recos/

#3. http://www.gradschooltips.com/sample1.htm

Good Luck.

Higher study in Finland

Saturday, August 28th, 2010
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Rokon Uddin
ECE 2k5
Masters Student
Biomedical Engineering
Temperate University of Technology
Web: http://www.tut.fi/public/index.cfm?siteid=32
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Make your Statement of Purpose Perfect

Monday, January 18th, 2010

This article is forwarded by -

Raihan Masud

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Make your SOP perfect

So now you have your statement of purpose. After correct it grammatically, you should read it and correct it several times to make it a coherent and unique essay that get you the admission offer.

Put your Statement of Purpose away for a while. Then, put yourself in an admissions committee’s place and start to read it in about 30 seconds. Be aware that you are going through a few hundred applications and classifying them into `accepted’, `maybe’ and `not accepted’ groups. Think of how you would look at SOPs and try to read yours through a stranger’s eyes.

Use this check-list to be sure that you have mentioned all critical information in your SOP in an honest and interesting manner. Your SOP should contain information that demonstrates:

· Interesting commence.

· Areas that you are interested in.

· The reasons of your interest to those areas.

· These interests are based on academic or job experience that the school may find useful.

· How these interests related to your anticipated future career.

· How do you think further studies will help you?

· Additional experiences that may help

· Your college and work projects were instrumental in confirming your interest in the field.

· Your teamwork ability that is very important in North America.

· The essay has been written about your personality. It should look like that it cannot be about anybody.

· The reasons that you have applied particular school. Talk about these reasons in a manner that demonstrate you have searched
about the school. Show the officer that you have applied to  the school wisely.

Your essay should flow smoothly. You should go through paragraphs coherently. The SOP should be grammatically correct and end well to leave the officer with a sense of completion.

This self-checks will yield a few ideas for improvement. We recommends you to use it at least 3-4 times during this last stage of making your SOP more perfect. After these checks you may have some people to review your SOP. Experienced and professional people may help you a lot. For the last time check your essay for a spelling and grammar error. Try to type your SOP and use appropriate margins, font, and size. Avoid underlining, boldface and italics. Do not use special letterhead. Finally print your SOP on a good quality white paper.

As we mentioned before, do not tell your advantages, show them. That is, do not say how dedicated or committed you are. Show it by describing your accomplishments. Use positive language and avoid the passive voice.