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Posted on 09/05/2017 06:33:34

What is SOP?

Statement of Purpose!!! What is it exactly?

As the name implies, Statement of purpose is a description or a formal essay which explains the purpose behind the choice of any course or curriculum of any college or university. It involves majority of the details regarding what you want to choose, why you want to opt for a particular coursework and the background as well as the upfront statistics about the education you have acquired and about to acquire from the new college or university.

Do you really know the purpose behind the Statement of Purpose?

It is not very difficult to judge that why a statement of purpose is required. It is obvious that in order to make someone know you, you have to present yourself in such a comprehensive manner that every glimpse of your get reflected in what you convey. The answer to this is a Statement of Purpose. Statement of purpose, in short, SOP is considered as a highly important documentation while filing an application process. It is the first hand document of a person which is used to make the admission cell or committee completely aware about you which includes the details such as;

  • Who you are
  • What you have done
  • What vision have you carried throughout
  • What is the reason behind that particular choice
  • What are your dreams and future goals
  • What is the scope of the coursework in your vision and so on

How to frame a Statement of Purpose?

It is often said that the one who represents the true side of himself/herself grabs the ticket, but with a little twist. Yes, this is even true for writing a Statement of Purpose. SOP writing demands complete awareness about oneself along with a smart representation. There are certain points which should be clearly kept in mind while writing a Statement of Purpose:

  • Make sure to sell your genuine story. It is advisable to frame Statement of Purpose in such a way that it sounds more like a story and less like stale statements.
  • Maintain a balance between the qualitative and quantitative aspects of your Statement of Purpose. Enlist whatever you want to tell.
  • Write all your details in such a manner that every point seems specific. Dig deeply into every aspect of your career, goals and future scope of your chosen field.
  • It is a plus point if you will customize your Statement of Purpose as per the requirements. By hovering over the different aspects of your education choice/ purpose, cultural and ethnic rituals and so on, you will create a better impact.
  • The language used while writing the essay should not be too friendly and too formal. Both ways you will end up losing, so opt for a conventional approach. Write in that sense in which it appeals too and conveys your message and intentions as well.

A sample Statement of Purpose, that is, SOP is given below for you in order to realize the worth of it and to look for how to work on it:


Statement of Purpose


It is said that - "The road to success is always under construction, Get it right…". Engineering refers to the practice of organizing the design and construction of any artifice which transforms the physical world around us to meet some recognized need. Therefore, my keen interest towards Engineering and its related areas had intrigued me to opt for Three Years Diploma in Civil Engineering. After three years of diploma study in Civil Engineering, I, Maninder Singh, feel completely satisfied with my decision to choose engineering as my career option as it has revealed the most pragmatic and down to earth approach for tackling human problems. My decision to major in civil engineering is a direct result of my desire to contribute to the development of state-of-the-art infrastructure in my country, aiming towards improving its global standing.


I did my schooling from Chief Model Senior Secondary School, Shikar (Gurdaspur) affiliated to PSEB. As the school plays a stepping stone in every child's life, it even encouraged me to do some other extracurricular activities other than academics. Moreover, it helped me to become a better and an extrovert person as well. After matriculation, I dedicated myself for diploma in civil engineering to polish my natural ability for construction management task.


During my period in civil engineering diploma at Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Chandigarh, I gained my initial formal exposure to Construction Management through "Building and Construction Material", "Structural Mechanics" and "Highway Engineering", which opened my eyes to the latest construction technology and management methods.


In the last year of my diploma, I received in-depth practical knowledge during industrial training. I was exposed to various aspects of Construction Engineering and Management and interacted with engineers involved with futuristic activities that thoroughly inspired me and reinforced my decision to pursue my further study in this field.


I am applying for Diploma in Civil Engineering Technician to Canadore College which is one of the largest, most diversified and highly reputed colleges. This esteemed institution has a peerless recognition for emphasizing practical knowledge and innovation into its students and promotes excellent industry institute relationship. In addition, the splendid facilities of the college are also a major attraction to me. In my experience, as a student, I know for certain that good facilities can make a difference in a student's life and learning experience. I hope the institution will grant me the privilege of pursuing my diploma in prestigious space and will help me to develop my skills and give a direction to my career to fulfil my core ideas.


After doing my research, I am convinced that Canada is a better country to pursue my further education. Reason being, it is culturally diverse and vibrant. Also, it is considered as a peaceful and safe country. I would be able to gain experience in all aspects like social, cultural and personal development. It would be very productive to share and exchange thoughts, experiences and ideas with people from different nationalities and cultures.


Maninder Singh



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