So, you’re writing your speech pathology statement of purpose and looking for examples?
When I wrote my essay, I remember thinking to myself… “I wish I could just read somebody else’s. Not to copy, but just to get a CLUE of where to start!”. So… here is the next best thing! Below is a list of topics I talked about in my essay, in order!
This is obviously very personalized to me, and my life, but will hopefully help in deciding how and where to start!
1) Intro: I began with a personal story about my brother, what originally sparked my interest in speech-language pathology.
2) Paragraph 2: My work experience during my undergrad, and how my focus in Autism led me to want to continue my education at XYZ University
3) Paragraph 3: My background working in multidisciplinary teams, how they are important, and how I contributed to student organizations other than ones related to speech
4) Paragraph 4: The characteristics that will help me succeed in grad school. I talked about working nearly full-time during my undergrad, volunteering, etc…
5) Conclusion: Why I want to continue my education and why I picked that school. I gave information about that particular school and related it to my personal experiences outlined earlier.
Throughout my whole essay, I intertwined Autism and its importance throughout my life. I picked schools that had a focus in Autism so that I could make a fair case for why I wanted to go to each school.
A friend of mine wrote her statement of purpose like this:
- Think about what makes you unique and start with an action statement. (This friend actually went back to school after staying home with her kids for several years, but wanted to show those years weren’t wasted. Her opening sentence was “I tried to attack motherhood with my usual intellectual fervor and work ethic.” and described language and literacy ways she helped her children as they were growing.
- Summarize previous education history (which wasn’t Communication Sciences), but tied it in to Communication Sciences type issues.
- Talked about why original path of education was not a perfect fit, highlighting CSD interests, as well as volunteer work that led to SLP.
- Talked a little more about volunteer work (if you have any specific numbers, mention them!) “Next, I spent over 60 hours of my summer vacation volunteering at a therapy camp…”
- Interests in future research (what areas? What areas of research does your school specialize in? Focus on your areas of mutual interest!)
- How would I use my degree in SLP in the future (more long term goals, why this school can help you get there)
I hope these speech pathology statement of purpose examples help! The most important thing is to proofread, proofread, proofread!
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