UNDERGRADUATE ESSAYS Vs GRADUATE ESSAYS
While both undergraduate and graduate SoPs
need to show honesty, self-knowledge and a desire to learn, the focus of
each is different. The writer of the undergraduate essay need not have
any idea of what will come after college. Rather, her focus is on showing
how she has explored her world and interests. How she relates to people.
How she forms her opinions.
The graduate applicant, on the other hand,
is expected to have a certain level of independent thinking. He is also
expected to have a clear idea of why he wants to study further. As most
graduate programs involve some financial aid from the school in return
for teaching or research work done by the student, he needs to show that
he is capable of such work. This is why graduate essays talk more about
the applicant's professional or academic interests than about his personal
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