“Please submit your statement of purpose. This one- or two-page statement states your reasons for undertaking graduate work and explains your academic interests, including their relation to your undergraduate study and professional goals.”
I’m not sure I have ever faced a more daunting essay. When I initially saw this prompt on one of my graduate school applications, I started to panic. I started thinking I’m supposed to be able to define my purpose in order to get into graduate school? That’s a question I have struggled with for years as many people often do.
Being part of the technology generation, what do we do when we don’t know the answer to a question? We surf the web. Or in my case, I googled it! And this is what I found:
Once I saw this saying, “for every action there is a purpose” I instantly felt better. I am applying to grad schools (the action) in order to fulfill a personal goal of becoming an agricultural education teacher (purpose). And suddenly, the essay didn’t seem so daunting anymore! So here’s my piece of advice for the day: next time an essay topic seems too daunting, find a way to put it in perspective (even if it means finding a poster on google!)