The Department of English and Humanities at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organized a workshop on writing statements of purpose (SoPs) for students who aspire to pursue higher studies abroad. The online workshop was held on August 14, 2021.
The workshop was conducted by Qazi Mustabeen Noor, Lecturer, DEH. The purpose of the workshop was to demonstrate how to write an effective SoP to help students who are planning to apply for higher studies as well as those who are planning to apply for jobs because an SoP is essentially an introduction. Knowing how to write an effective SoP can help with writing cover letters and practicing the elevator pitch to impress an interviewer.
Qazi Mustabeen Noor provided clear guidelines about writing the Statements of Purpose. She mentioned how, at times, this statement is also called a Statement of Intent or Personal Statement and it is a way to sell oneself to the admission committee. She also added that a standard SoP is six paragraphs long, a little different from the standard academic essay. “Generally, an SoP consists of 500-550 words, no more than three pages,” she said. The applicant should, however, always try to keep the statement to one or two pages at best. Ms. Noor then shared her own SoP as a model to help the student participants understand the process more clearly.
Ms. Arifa Rahman, Head, DEH, who was present at the program, gave a welcome speech at the beginning of the workshop. She said that SoPs are not only for gradating students or those who are in higher semesters and thinking about going abroad, but also for those who will interview for jobs because the personal statement is an elevator pitch used to impress the interviewer within a short period of time. Lastly, she also added that getting the reader’s attention, holding it, and making a positive impression is needed, whether it is for an interview or higher studies.
At the end of the workshop, Ms. Noor advised the students to explore their chosen or selected foreign universities from their 3rd year of university as this will help them to pursue their future goals in a more planned and organized manner.
The workshop was attended mainly by DEH students but there were also student participants from the other departments.
Reported by Asifur Rahman (201013065)