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The SOP clichés to avoid
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To be taken on a lighter note Very Happy

The SOP clichés to avoid
1. The Prodigy.
To quote a friend “Please don’t tell me about how you were born out of your mother’s womb with a PC in hand.” Unless of course that actually did happen, in that case, please do tell us more about it. But for most of us, it wasn’t the case. So do not start your SOP by telling me how as a 5 year old the fact the computer works on binary system fascinated you or how while playing road rash, you were thinking about the inner workings of a game and decided then to take up computer science.
2. The Achiever.
Please don’t fill up the limited space you have in your SOP yapping about how you did this and that and this and more of that and then again this. Unless you can relate the things you did in the past to what you want to do in a master’s program, don’t waste space on it. Remember you have a Resume to put all your wonderful achievements.
3. The GOD.
Yes, your SOP is a place to show the adcom that you are capable of doing this course but do not wax lyrical about how amazing you are. Do not make statements saying how dedicated you are, how hardworking you are, in short how GOD-like you are… but back it up with an anecdote. Show them that you are hardworking and dedicated.
4. The Narrator.
Please fight the urge to use your SOP as an abridged auto biography. No the adcom is NOT interested to know that, Once upon a time in a land far far away, you peed your pants and how overcoming that was a pivotal moment in your life. Tell them about the things, by which I mean the important things that steered you in this direction.
5. The ET (ExTra circular) Kid.
You might have been the kid that did it all. Cricket, Chess and everything in between - AKA the Complan kid. And yes you should mention it; it gives you the extra edge. But please don’t dedicate paragraphs explaining the complexities of cricket.
6. The “Connect the dots” game.
Yes, you want the adcom to be engaged while reading your SOP, you want your SOP to grab their attention but please don’t play the “Connect the dots” game with them. Have a flow to your SOP. In your 5th para, please do not go back to something you mentioned in the 1st para without relevance.
7. The “English high tide”
Yes, you just did brilliantly well in GRE and you learned a LOT of English words. That does not mean you want to fill in your SOP with every word you’ve ever learned! You don’t have be “I talk English, I walk English, I eat English” kind.
8. The “Extra, Extra, read all about it”
Even the most controversial newspaper articles stick to a word limit, and so should your SOP. You might have a lot to say, but do remember the adcom goes through a lot of SOP’s so choose what to have it and chose it wisely!

I am sure I missed out on a lot of cliches and would love if the seniors would add them!

(This post was last modified: 07-23-2012 08:45 PM by AmuG.)
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God job Amug, I would add in "The quote addicts" as well Very Happy

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AmuG

I love the way you write... Razz Looks like you learnt a lot of sarcasm from somewhere... Very HappyVery Happy

Two suggestions.

1. Extra curriculurs are a waste of space. If someone asks me, I would not put it in my SOP.

2. Do you want to/mind merging this with the actual SOP thread on the first post so that we have a consolidated area to have things?? Like onus opus's checklist there??

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(07-23-2012 08:01 PM)The_Minuteman Wrote:  @[AmuG]

I love the way you write... Razz Looks like you learnt a lot of sarcasm from somewhere... Very HappyVery Happy
Ty! It comes from having my SOP ripped left, right and center!
Two suggestions.

1. Extra curriculurs are a waste of space. If someone asks me, I would not put it in my SOP.

2. Do you want to/mind merging this with the actual SOP thread on the first post so that we have a consolidated area to have things?? Like onus opus's checklist there??

Ofcourse I won't mind Very Happy

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My advice to anyone : Have realistic goals ,come up with a motivated piece of writing without bragging about yourself.

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The_Observer AmuG

This has already been incorporated in the first post of the SOP thread. What do you want to do with this?? Leave this open for comments or follow everything there?? The call is all yours. Smile

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I would leave it to OP on what he wants. My suggestion would be close this off since having two threads with similar data isn't something which we want.

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(07-24-2012 06:03 AM)The_Minuteman Wrote:  @[The_Observer] @[AmuG]

This has already been incorporated in the first post of the SOP thread. What do you want to do with this?? Leave this open for comments or follow everything there?? The call is all yours. Smile

Whatever you guys decide to do I have absolutely no issues with! As theou said, having two posts with same data doesn't make sense.. so wouldn't mind if this was closed!

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Merged with the SOP thread. And this is closed.

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