• Which is your career objective(s)
  • Did any previous experience or person have influence on taking this decision
  • Which are your assets that differentiate you from others, render you suitable, competent, efficient, etc
  • Did you work while studying? When where in which field what did you learn/gain from this experience
  • Do you have any academic pitfalls (e.g. low GPA)
  • What particular feature about you will make you accepted
Watch out
  • Concentrate on the introduction ( you win or lose here)
  • Do not miss the name of the department and the company (or school) in the first paragraph!
  • Example for an introductory paragraph
    • When introduced to economics in high school I realized that it interestingly qualified as a subject of both Arts and Science. It was an area defined by precise rules, principles and axioms and yet there was tremendous scope for self-expression in the form of interpretation and analysis. This facet of economics intrigued me very much and I decided to pursue further studies in Economics
    • The boundless possibility of trying out and the instant knowledge of the outcome that stimulates one for further analysis of a rationale in question, is what I find most appealing about Computer Science. Keeping up an inquisitive and explorative attitude, I believe, leads to a constant learning process. This approach adds to the already immense potential for innovation that exists in this field..
    • As a student in the final year of undergraduate study for a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science & Engineering, I look to graduate study to refine my knowledge and skills in my areas of interest. I believe it will also serve to give direction to my goal of a career as a research professional at an academic or commercial, research-oriented organisation. I intend to pursue an MS degree in order to reach that goal.
    Which answer to which question

    Question 1: Why are you interested in graduate study?

    • Specialise in your undergraduate field
    • Gain insight and experience ina field other than you undergraduate specialisation
    • Aiming for an academic career, etc.

    Question 2: Why are you applying to this particular graduate program?

    • Mention what you believe the program will ad to your short and long-term plans and goals
    • Indicate that you have researched on the curricula
    • DO NOT say or imply anything about the reputability or fame of the school / company

    Question 3: Why this school/company

    • DO NOT say or imply anything about the reputability or fame of the school / company
    • Use phrases like …want to be a member of the XYZ Group for Blank and Blank Studies because . . ."
    • If there is a professor or scholar you would particularly like to work with, mention his/her nameKonunuzla ilgili çalışmak istediğiniz öğretim görevlisi varsa belirtin.

    Question 4: What is it about you that is special?

    • Your career objectives, your genuinety what renders you different from others
    • Your academic background, what renders you different from other students
    • Our thesis work (and what you have learned from it)
    • Any awards/ scholarships achieved
    • If you have worked during your studentships- particularly if you have worked as a student assistant
    • Any extracurricular activity while you were studying, social responsibility projects, sports team memberships, seminars, workshops attended, travels, etc
    • Demonstrate your creativity, dependability, and independence

    "Are there items that need special explanation?

    • If  there is anything in your documents or transcript of records that may require furthr explanationTranscriptte veya diğer evraklarınızda anlatılması gerekli noktalar var mı?e.g.
      • A year suspension
      • Missing a term or year
      • Interrupt studying due to family/health/financial problems etc

    Do you add diversity to the program?

    • If you have any disability
    • If you belong to any "minority" group
    • Any particular you posses that may add diversity to the school
    Example for a  development paragraph
    • I was introduced to mathematics and the physical sciences while at school and it was in high school that I considered a career in this area. The desire to study the applied physical sciences and mathematics prompted me to take the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology. I was ranked in the top 0.25 % of the nearly 1,00,000 students who took the examination.
    • My past work in the area of industrial engineering and operations research was characterised by a dichotomy of approaches. The courses that I took in this area dealt with various operational and tactical issues. The basic aim was to understand a specific problem, model the problem appropriately and find an optimal or reasonably optimal solution using the techniques of operations research. This has given me a good background in issues related to methodology, modelling, and heuristic solutions. On the other hand, my research has been oriented towards strategic issues. The basic thrust of  my junior year seminar and senior year project has been ‘integrative’. Through my future research efforts I would like to understand this dichotomy better. Initially, I want to study rigorous model-based methods and do research on operational and tactical topics. After gaining a thorough grounding in these topics, I am interested in applying the same methodologies and techniques to strategic topics in operations management.
    Example for a  conclusion paragraph
    • I want to study at UCLA, as it emphasizes on the rigor and analytical tools that are necessary for academic research. I have well-developed analytical and mathematical skills and I want to exploit these skills to the greatest extent. I feel the help and guidance that can be provided to me by the distinguished faculty of your university will be invaluable. I am sure if I am given the opportunity to study at your university that attracts some of the best students from all over the world, it will provide an environment competitive enough to bring out the best in me.
    • Do not exaggerate anything about you
    • Do not pretend to be or lokk different than who you actually are to impress
    • Do not give misinfromation
    • Do not use a casual language
    • Do not try to be humorous- the line between amiable and funny is very thin
    • Do not provide excessive, unnecessary, unrelated  information
    • Do not write down the story of your life
    • Do not over trust the "check spelling" function of your computer, check yourself, and check again, ask another person to check for you as well
    • Do not use cliche
    • Do not send the same letter of inetent to every school. Customize.
    • Do not start with sentences like "I was born in...," or "My parents came from..."
    • Do not try to impress the reader with your vocabulary
    • Do not do spelling or grammmer mistakes
    • Do not come up with trivial, weak arguments in roder to explan your low GPA
    • Do not start all of your sentences as " I" .Although you are the subject of your letter of intent, the main issues are your work, your objectices, your intentiotns
    • Do not repeat information that exists in your other documents. Your high GPA shows in your transcript of records anyway. Instead paraphrase like " I was on the Dean’s List"  or  " I have taken numerous courses in the field of international relations " . Mention other features that are understated or not referred to in the other documents
    • Do not modify the font size in order to appear like you have written a lot, or to hide that you have written too much
    • Prepare an impressive introduction
    • Conclude with strong statements that draws the attention of the reader
    • Make sure the longest letter on intent you prepare is two pages
    • Do not over trust the "check spelling" function of your computer, check spelling and grammer yourself, and check again, then ask another person to check for you as well
    • Get the opinion of a reliable source
    • Try to prepare a letter on intent that will be remembered.For instance if you have a personal story that has lead you to this application, tell it
    • Check again
    • Use 1.5 lines line spacing the most
    • Write only your name in a slightly larger font size

    IŞIL TABAĞ – International Education Consultant