A letter of intent is also known as a personal profile, statement of purpose, personal statement, personal narrative or autobiographical essay. It's usually required if you want to apply for graduate studies in the grad school. The letter of intent could demonstrate your competence, experience, skills, and efficiency in the way you present yourself through your written application. 

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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    Provide pertinent information using a brief or short format in your letter. Just think that there are plenty of applicants in the graduate or professional school that you want to attend to and the person or people who'll be assigned to read it may get bored of reading your letter if it's too long. Make an outline of important points that you want to disclose to cover in your letter of intent.

    You may be able to discuss more about it during the panel interview since they would like to find out more about you. Just keep it short and direct. It's advisable to highlight important and good points at the beginning of your letter. Avoid placing them in the middle so that it can be read right away. Remember that by creating a well-organized plan in a logical way, you will also increase your success in writing an effective letter.

    Exhibit that you're the kind of applicant who will do very well in that particular field based of your past experience. Generally, the purpose of this letter is to persuade the Admissions Committee of the institution or school you're applying that you should be chosen based on your knowledge, skills, experience, expertise, etc. It's really important that you're able to show them in a humble way that you have the ability to succeed in your field.

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    Convince the Admissions Officer through your letter that you're dedicated enough to attend the graduate school. Be honest about yourself including all the details of why you want to pursue your studies since they will be able to check these facts that you're going to provide. Present yourself genuinely and never lie about your background because it can be tracked sooner or later.

    Offer a significant experience that has influenced your decision of applying for the grad school. This would be a good point to disclose especially if you can describe it well and explain in detail of why it was important to you and what you had learned from it. Avoid adding anything to your letter only to impress the committee members because they could instantly know it.

    Directly focus the reader's attention by describing in detail your important duty, function and contribution in various experiences that you had undergone. Examples of these were things that you had learned and discovered while you're in the field as well as how well you communicated and reached out with those clients, customers, patients or other professionals.

    Simply write about your experiences with enthusiasm and pride. You may able to include your interests and hobbies that you're passionate about. Your dedication and professionalism about the things that you love to do could connect well for your studies too and may prove that you're a determined and goal oriented person. Focus on special and specific topics like the successful research you had conducted on a specialized subject or the number of clinical hours that you had performed and achieved.

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    Use the right name and place of business where the person in authority can be contacted for your the letter of intent because this is very important. If you're not sure of the exact name and address then do a thorough research before printing or writing those things on your letter and envelope.

    You may call the school or business office so that you can get the information that you may need. Aside from that, you could also visit their official website and read important information in connection to your application. Avoid addressing the letter directly to the President of the School, Department Head, or just place "To Whom it May Concern" because this could bring a negative impression.

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    Make sure that the content in your letter of intent should adhere or correspond to the whole written statement that you wrote. Make a positive impression especially through the opening paragraph of your statement. Provide an interesting topic through the rest of your statement so that you'll be able to hold your reader's attention. Complete first the body of the statement then write the introduction and conclusion after.

    Introduce yourself and state the reason why you had chosen this particular school through the body of the letter. Include pertinent information about your background that will give very strong points in order to be accepted in the school where you're applying to.

    Show your professionalism by writing your letter through business format. Remove some points in your letter that are not important because a long letter could be boring to read. Rewrite it again and form those sentences into very convincing and remarkable paragraphs.
    Share about your future plans and relate how your graduate school will impact your career and goals in life. It's advisable that it will be written in an objective way but still discloses about the experiences you had including in your field and the true meaning that these things had brought into your life. A good letter of intent may actually explain the real value of your experience, like the things you had learned about your field and yourself.

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    Proofread the whole document to check if there are errors with your grammar and spelling. Grammatical errors and misspellings will give a negative impression on your part so be sure to review everything. If you know someone whom you can trust who is very good in writing then let this person read your letter prior submitting it to the school.

    Take note that the letter of intent should be printed on a high quality bond paper. It's advisable that pages will be read through single-sided unless there are specific instructions provided by the institution. Include your full name on each page. Use a formal closing then sign your letter of intent.

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    Keep a few copies of your submitted application and note when and where it was sent and to whom it was addressed to. When you're done editing, it's advisable to send your letter to the school by using priority express mail.