If you want to get admission at your dream university in USA, get naked.
No, don’t remove your pants and shirts. I’m not talking about that kind of naked!
What I really mean is, tear down your protective covering and share the truth about your life in your Statement of Purpose.
Now I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but I’ll tell you how this strategy worked for me.
Being Emotional and Vulnerable
If you look at some of the blog posts here, there are certain topics that are very sensitive and readers comment to those posts with high emotions.
Some of those blog posts are
- Student Life in difficult, I’m going back to India
- Are You Emotionally Matured?
- I used Fake Documents for USA Visa Interview
For such blog posts many readers share their views and come out strong with their opinions.
Why do you think those post attract so many comments, whereas my other equally useful articles didn’t receive any comments?
People are emotional and they wanted to know if those posts will directly impact them. Emotions demonstrate vulnerability. There were several comment asking not to post such blog posts and encourage such comments. It’s a topic that most people don’t talk about, so when I did, people came from all over to read it.
How can you utilize that emotion and use it to get admission (and your advantage)? Don’t worry, it’s about getting naked, and it’s easy to pull off.
How to Get Naked on your SOP
There are two ways to get naked on your statement of purpose (without taking your clothes off). You could share a personal story about how you overcame a problem. It requires you to share lessons from your own life and relate it how has changed you for good and how you differ from others by overcoming a challenge/problem.
Remember, there are some things we are truly better off not knowing about you. So, be cautious about over sharing. Use good judgment on what personal story you like to share.
Over To you
- Do you agree to above idea of using emotions in your admission essay?
- Do you think you have a person story that can be used for your essay?