An . is indeed of great improtance in your application to a PhD program because it can make a difference in the eyes of the selection are some basic rules for writing a winning statement of purpose:* — Your statement should be well focused and clearly have the purpose it’s supposed to have;* — A statement of purpose must show that this program is relevant and meshes well with your interests and ambition. It should not be a narrative of your accomplishments;* — Your statement of Purpose should be tailored to the particular institution you are applying to. Therefore, you should avoid writing a one-size-fits-all document to be submitted to all institutions of interest;* — Make sure that your document (statement) has the right length (see requirements), contains no grammatical error nor misspelling and all facts stated are correct. +3Was this answer helpful?
A sociologist and advisor to many graduate students, Sternberg focuses on moving the student from ABD to . His chapters explore topic selection, filing systems, proposal-writing, research, writing, committee relations, “the Dissertation Dumps,” the defense, and the post-defense uses of the dissertation. Sternberg does strike somewhat of a balance between the “buck up” school that says “Just write the thing and quite whining” and the sympathetic school that is inclined to tell you “it’s okay,” hold your hand, and validate your feelings. On the whole, his suggestions tend to center around developing a plan for completion and adhering to it despite doubts, rather than exploring the doubts themselves in great depth. Some of his advice may seem dated. For example, in discussing sexism, he writes “deep-rooted sexism is still a fact of graduate university structure and hierarchy” that can be “exploited by a woman.” He concludes that the “feminist ABD has to suspend her struggle for that ongoing cause during the two years of the dissertation struggle.” (p. 150)