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This and all other blogs about UGRAD will be concise, according to my experience. I am UGRAD Alumni and was selected in Spring 2020 as a Principal Candidate. I have guided many students including international students.

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DISCLAIMER: EVERYTHING MENTIONED IN THIS BLOG IS ACCORDING TO MY OWN EXPERIENCE

Who Am I? And Why you should Listen to my advice?

This and all other blogs about UGRAD will be concise and according to my experience. I am UGRAD Alumni and I was selected in Spring 2020 as a Principal Candidate. I had guided many students including international students. The procedure of UGRAD application should be taken into great consideration, You might have heard that SOP (Statement of Purpose) matters, Yes it does matter but one should not neglect the application form itself. Each and everything should be filled up to the limit of words.

How to write an effective Statement of Purpose for Global UGRAD

What is SOP/ Statement of Purpose?

Statement of Purpose is sometimes also referred to as PERSONAL STATEMENT! it is about who you are, what your academic and professional interests are, and how you will add value to the program you are applying to/Why you want to go to USA?

Take enough time to think over, again and again, Why you are fit for this program? how you are different? I used to edit every single line that I wrote, I used to add more words into sentences to make every sentence deliver something meaningful!

FIRST and THE FOREMOST IMPORTANT ADVICE: PLEASE PLEASE DON’T REACH OUT TO ALUMNI ASKING FOR THEIR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RATHER FOCUS ON YOUR NARRATIVE AND SEEK THEIR HELP IN APPLICATION AND REVIEWING YOUR SOP– YOU ARE DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS

THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE IS THAT FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF THE QUESTIONS ASKED IN THE APPLICATION – DO NOT GO AROUND WITHOUT ANY FOLLOW – YOUR SOP SHOULD HAVE A COHESIVENESS IN THE STORY – ONE SENTENCE SHOULD FOLLOW THE RYTHM OF THE NEXT ONE

The above pieces of advice are in CAPITAL form – That’s for the importance of the above-mentioned advices – please follow and you will not regret it.

It should not have GRAMMATICAL ERRORS – You can use Grammarly, you can add a Chrome online extension of Grammarly – Check Here Please – Click on Add to chrome, it will help you to check your grammatical errors

Pro Tip – Open Google Words – Online Google word linked to your Gmail account – In this way, you will not lose and it will be saved automatically after you will add a few words to it.

Whatever you are writing should be authentic – For instance – You like to read books, then there should be a follow-up sentence to justify the statement – in usual terms – APNY APKO TOPP KHAN NAI DEKHANA – YOU SHOULD write WHAT YOU ARE!

Let’s explore how to write an effective SOP or STATEMENT OF PURPOSE OR PERSONAL STATEMENT for Global UGRAD.

First of all, keep it concise and cohesive and follow the questions asked!

GLOBAL UGRAD – HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
  1. The first Question/Query is YOUR INTERESTS AND PERSONALITY!

This query should be written only in 2-3 lines. You should mention your interests (maybe hobbies that might show how you spend your extra time – Make sure that, what you are writing is authentic and you have justification to justify your statement.

2. Your Academic Objectives?

This should be written into 3-5 lines – Your objectives should be concise and ACHIEVEBALE – Very important – It should follow the SMART APPROACH. If you wanna do something in near future it should be SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVABLE, RELEVANT, AND TIMEBOUND.

P.S SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Try to limit yourself in 3-5 lines

3. Your Goals related to your field of Study and personal development!

Guys! Listen to me. Your Goals should be SMART once again. It is very important, HAWA MAIN TEER nai marny Kabhi be life main (bhai ki advice).

This query may start with – Why did you choose your current field of study? What was the specific reason? and Then If you had chosen your current field of study, how it will help you and your COMMUNITY after completing it/done with SMART goals?

4. Reason why you wish to pursue them in the USA……. in short – WHY YOU WANT TO GO TO THE USA?

You may answer it by highlighting the importance of your field of study! and YOU MUST MENTION – How you will promote your culture in the USA? As it is a CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM.

Look, Guys! You may also find SAMPLES OF SOP for UGRAD online – But please please do not COPY AND PASTE THEM OR EDIT THEM – BE YOURSELF and write your story from Scratch!! AND BE AUTHENTIC, YOU ARE DIFFERENT and they are Looking for an authentic genuine, leader, who wants to do something for the society and community. PLEASE BE YOURSELF!

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