Well, I finally got my graduate school application submitted. I had everything ready for the last several weeks except for my “statement of purpose”. For some reason it was the most difficult thing to write. And I like to write, but oh man was that a hard one to get out on paper without sounding like a freakazoid. I finally just made myself get something on paper and then would leave it for a few days, come back and tweak and add, and leave it again for a few days. It was getting out of control for someone who prided themselves on starting a 5 page paper at 9pm the night before it was due during my senior year of undergrad. Oh, and then still getting A’s for the most part. And the cheese factor of my draft was getting over the top. I had even included a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. which really had nothing to do with anything else except that I liked it and had been thinking about it a lot recently. But that’s no reason to add it to your one document that is trying to convince someone to accept you to their program!
Finally I sent the draft to my good friend Tarin to read over. She was a journalism major in undergrad so she is quite adept on telling you when things are bs and how to change wording so you don’t sound like you are trying so hard. It was such a relief just to send it to someone else to read. When I got her suggestions and corrections back it was like the statement had become a whole different thing. Not because she made major changes, but because it had finally left just me and my head and been read by someone else. There were still things to fix, but it is amazing how sharing it with even just one other person can make something so much clearer.
Anyway, I made the revisions and then uploaded it to the application along with my resume and was finally able to hit “submit”. Thank the Lord. I’ve known that the application was due by April 1st since last October and yet the darn statement of purpose has kept me from getting it finished until just 3 weeks before the deadline. Oh well. Now I’ve just got to wait and see.