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Tips for Writing a Great Statement of Purpose

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Tips for Writing a Great Personal Statement blog header

The Statement of Purpose demonstrates both your ability to communicate and a sense of your character as a prospective student with unique qualifications for the FSU Online MSW program. In short, it shows the admissions committee evidence of your ability to function as an independent thinker. Writing the Statement of Purpose is a crucial part of the application process.

To start, think about your life, work and success. Consider what makes you who you are; what experiences, goals, achievements—including any awards—failures, successes and ideals have shaped your life? Be introspective and think about why. Give clear examples supporting your points.

For example, if you claim that certain experiences made an impact on your character, simply describe the nature of the hardship and, then, explain why it matters.

Focus on your goals, Answer questions such as: What has prepared you for graduate school and to lead you to this path. What are your goals? What is your greatest asset and what should the admissions committee know about you? Why do you want to apply to the FSU Online MSW? Are there specific programs, outcomes and professors you seek to gain knowledge from the FSU Online MSW degree program? This area should include academic as well as professional success and challenges.

Keep your audience in mind. You’re writing the statement for admission into a university online program. So, stay on point and don’t deviate from your purpose to

show an ability to perform under pressure, guide your own progress and advancement and seek and acquire new knowledge, insight and mastery of facts, analysis and subjects. Keep the statement to 3 to 6 pages.

Think, too, about moments of greatest clarity, wisdom and insight. When, for example, did you decide to become whatever you may have decided you want to become? What are your previous jobs? How did you develop your best skills? Who taught you? Who, if anyone, guided, drove and pushed you?

Proofread, edit and check your statement for spelling, punctuation, formatting, and grammatical errors—and, especially, for clarity. Is it clear? Writing the statement simply means telling and showing the story of you—your life, studies, work and character. It’s an important way for the university and admissions committee to judge whether and why you may become a student in good standing here at FSU Online. Be sure to have someone you know proofread your statement. perhaps even more than one person, such as a writing coach and a mentor.

With clarity, concision and a positive, purposeful approach, you can write a statement that connects your life experiences to your academic and professional goals and philosophy and give us a strong sense of who you are. Good luck and happy writing!

For further insight into our online MSW programs, check out this blog post: MSW Spotlight: Q&A with Craig Stanley, Ph., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs