what not to include.?

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satyad18
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what not to include.?

Postby satyad18 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:46 am

Hello,
I've just finished preparing my SOP. Its almost complete with all the relevant points mentioned. The thing that is worrying me is that the word count is roughly 700-750 words!
SOP includes:
para 1: quote + applicable description
para 2: introduction + research groups I'm interested in
para 3: mentioning research experience
para 4: Miscellaneous Accomplishments
para 5: mentioning profs with whom I'm interested to work with
para 6: conclusion

Is there anything that isn't necessary to be included and which can bring down the word count to some 500-600 words.?Does the word-limit really matter.?

geshi
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Re: what not to include.?

Postby geshi » Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:23 pm

Delete the following:
satyad18 wrote:para 1: quote + applicable description
para 2: introduction + research groups I'm interested in
para 3: mentioning research experience
para 4: Miscellaneous Accomplishments
para 5: mentioning profs with whom I'm interested to work with
para 6: conclusion

That should fix your problem. Best of luck!



P.S. 1) Word limit isn't a huge deal unless the online application actually limits the number of words you can enter.
2) It sounds like you have a lot of repetition in there. Mentioning the research groups you're interested in AND the profs you're interested in? Paragraph 1 sounds like an introduction to me. Could probably just remove paragraph 2 entirely. What's a conclusion for? "As you can see I'm very interested in your school, blah blah blah."

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Re: what not to include.?

Postby satyad18 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:45 pm

Thanks geshi.
geshi wrote:P.S. 1) Word limit isn't a huge deal unless the online application actually limits the number of words you can enter.
2) It sounds like you have a lot of repetition in there. Mentioning the research groups you're interested in AND the profs you're interested in? Paragraph 1 sounds like an introduction to me. Could probably just remove paragraph 2 entirely. What's a conclusion for? "As you can see I'm very interested in your school, blah blah blah."

It really did fix my problem! :wink:




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