I won't be sending applications for the Fall 2011 programs until later this year, but I'm curious if anyone has any good tips for drafting a statement of purpose. Some universities list a few vague facts about this, but it's not very helpful.
This much I do know:
-statements should be tailored to the school (mention professors, parts of the curriculum that pertain to your interests, any current experience with that school, etc)
-keep personal cliche anecdotes out (i.e., "I want to make a difference", "I've always wanted to help people", "I have an uncle who suffered a stroke, and since then have been fascinated with helping others in similar situations")
Any other tips would be very much appreciated. What did you include in your personal statement that you thought added strength to your application? If you were NOT a communication disorders undergrad major, what was your driving reason for going to graduate school to study SLP?
- Tips for Statement of Purpose