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How to Write a Letter of Intent for the Grad School - Tips and Warning

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

A letter of intent is an important document in which you can convey your intentions and interest when applying in colleges and universities. It's generally written by students who want to gain admission into a graduate school program. 

The importance of your letter will differ in some ways based on the school or institution's policies and through any field of study you may want to pursue. It's important to note that some statements may require specific information from your intended area of study within the graduate field while others are not as specific and as an applicant, you're free to address various subjects.

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Tips & Warnings:

If you need to mention your weaknesses in life, make sure that you're able to express that you're always trying your best to improve them. Everyone has it's own strengths and weaknesses. Inform them what you're currently doing to change those weaknesses into positive ways in a confident and honest manner. Avoid disclosing any information that's very personal because they are not interested in your very private personal life.

Show your potential to be successful in the field that you're going to take and prepare for the challenges that you will face. You need to make the members of the committte feel that you're ready, eager and enthusiastic in the said program so that you could enrich classroom discussions if ever you'll get accepted.

Committee members generally read a lot of applications so make sure that your statement is a little bit personal although not too much and interesting so that they can perceive and be aware of who you are. It's essential that you're ready to address any concerns that they may have once they read your application.

A personal statement is important since it stresses about your past information on how you had accomplished your current educational status or goal. A letter of intent generally aims in focusing about a future goal in order to make an impression of the graduate school' s Admissions Board.

There are books, e-books and other online materials that offer sample statements including various recommendations containing accounts of life changing events and experiences that would be helpful on your part. The ability to conquer personal obstacles in life could add some points to your application. Well, if you have no experience such as this kind then don't be anxious, remain calm and confident. Avoid hiring someone to help you in writing the letter of intent because admission committees may be able to distinguish it.

Review well your letter because this will also show your writing skills and ability. Give reasons why you want to complete the program. You need to establish that you're fully aware of the profession. Place your letter aside for a few days so that you'll be able to refresh your mind once you edit it again.

You need to clarify and provide a reason if ever you had low grades in the field or you had change courses. Avoid making unreasonable excuses out of it or blame other people for what happened. Complaining or blaming others about it will only show immaturity and poor reasoning. Instead, discuss by providing clear details about your situation at that particular time. In this way, you're going to display and prove that you have the ability to cope tests in your life during those difficult times.

If committee members will be able to notice that you had paid a writing service, they may see an application in a negative way. Due to their experience, the admission committee could easily recognize the dissimilarity between the samples of your writing from start to end and the style in which your letter is written plus they might also know the particular method of the service that you had paid for with regards to your application.

You need to learn the various possibilities for the specialization within the field and write more in your letter which area or certain areas you would want to specialize in. Clarify how you were able to gain those past experiences and knowledge in those areas too.

As much as possible, try to contact the advise center in-charge or school career office for graduate students so that you'll be able to receive those school and program tips when writing for your letter of intent. Some schools will give or send those helpful tips that you might need as an applicant. 

Provide reasons why you're applying to their school. You could also explain how their program matches up with your areas of interest to show since the committee already knew that you're applying to various programs, although they also want to determine if you have good intention and rationality in applying for the said program.

If your work or academic record demonstrated some problems, try to explain well in the letter why you had encountered those problems. You should have a clear explanation because those could affect your application.

Avoid sounding like a lecturer in your letter of intent. Take note that you're the applicant and not one of the committee members. Let the those highly-trained professionals in the field lecture you and not the other way around. 

Explain well through your writing  some examples of how you were able to establish your eagerness and strong commitment for that particular field in the first part of your letter. This will make a good strong and positive impression for the committee. 

You can also exactly bring out of which type of program you are interested in applying for since it may have a certain list or batch of questions for applicants to address. In this way, you'll be able to address those questions instantly in a direct way.

If you know someone who has a very good command in the English language especially with grammar, then try to allow him or her to read and edit your letter of intent prior submitting it. In this way, you'll be more confident that you had submitted a well-written "letter of intent" application.



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