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How to Write  How to Write a Statement of Purpose a Statement of Purpose for the KAUST Discovery Scholarship for the 

Prof. Reima Al-Jarf
College of Languages & Translation
KAUST Scholarship Candidates’ Workshop.  King Saud University. Malaz Campus. May 11, 2008

Aims of Workshop p
At the end of the workshop, attendees will be to: identify what KAUST is looking for in the  statement of purpose.  p p make an outline of topics and subtopic to be  included in the statement of purpose included in the statement of purpose write an introduction write body paragraphs write body paragraphs write a conclusion revise the essay write the final draft 2

What Is a Statement of Purpose?
The Statement of Purpose is the single most  The Statement of Purpose is the single most important part of your application  It will tell the admissions committee:  who you are  who you are what has influenced your career path so far your professional interests  where you plan to go from here y p g

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What Do Universities Look for  in a Statement of Purpose?  in a Statement of Purpose? A mix of interesting, confident and  enthusiastic people who will make the class a  enthusiastic people who will make the class a stimulating place.  Academic achievements and good test scores. Don t try to be something you are not.  Don’t try to be something you are not. Be honest, look inside yourself and do your  best.  b t 4

Stages of Writing Your Statement of Purpose
Before  Writing the essay • Questions • Brainstorming • Making an outline Making an outline • W iti Writing an introduction i t d ti • Writing body paragraphs • Writing a conclusion ii l i • Revising the essay • Writing the final draft Writing the final draft

Writing the essay

After  Writing the essay Writing the essay
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KAUST Requirements in a Statement of Purpose
Please write an essay that describes and provide examples for the  following:  following: your grades, courses taken, academic honors . your research experience through your school work, papers,  your research experience through your school work papers projects, internship or work experience. your personal motivation to attend KAUST and personal  your personal motivation to attend KAUST and personal goals  your extracurricular activities in your community and/or  your extracurricular activities in your community and/or school  international experience  Essays must be submitted in English. Please limit your response to  fifty lines of text and leave a 1 1/2 inch (4 cm) top margin on every  page of your uploaded essays. 6

Making an Outline
Part 1: Academics achievement grades  grades courses taken  honors  h Part II:   Research Experience papers Projects  internship  internship

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Making an Outline
Part III: work experience:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Part IV: Personal Goals/motivation  to attend KAUST:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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Making an Outline g
Part V:  extracurricular activities: 1. 2. 3. 3 4. 5. Part VI:  international experience: 1. 2. 3. 3 4. 5.

Making an Outline g
Part VII: Personal Traits 1. 2. 3. 3 4. 5. Part VIII: Language, Computer  skills & research skills 1. 2. 2 3. 4. 4 5.

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Writing the Essay g y
Introduction

Body
For each question, write a paragraph that combines all points. For each question, write a paragraph that combines all points.

Conclusion
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Tips for Writing a successful Essay
Your introduction: Must be interesting.   Ask yourself:  “why a reader would want  Ask yourself: “why a reader would want to read my entire essay after reading my  introduction?”  Don't Summarize in your Introduction. If  y you summarize, the scholarship officer  need not read the rest of your essay.  need not read the rest of your essay Create intrigue in your Introduction.   12

Tips for Writing a successful Essay
Answer the Questions   Be Original Be Yourself: B Y lf Write about something meaningful.  Describe your feelings, not necessarily your  actions.   actions...
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