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How I made it to Warwick

Mumbai student finds statement of purpose the most challenging task

education Updated: Dec 07, 2011 10:45 IST

With the dream of being part of a multi national company and the corporate world, I took up commerce in Class 11. While I was studying towards the CA entrance exam, I attended a study abroad seminar, where I realised that studying in another country would help me develop important transnational competencies that future employers would be interested in.

Choosing the country
After a thorough study I decided that the degrees and qualifications from UK higher education institutions are known around the world as being of high quality. The cost of studying in universities in the US and Canada was much more than that of studying in the UK. The underlying factor was the number of international students that I would meet and the work opportunity that Europe offers. An international student in the UK is typically allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during the school term, and full-time during the holidays.

Choosing the university
I browsed through several websites to select my universities. My interests lay in accounting and finance, so I chose universities considered good for those subjects.

Statement of purpose
Getting the SOP ready was the most important task.

I got a chance to introspect as I prepared my SOP. I listed the reasons why I wanted to take up that particular course and what I wanted to make of myself after the course. I wrote my achievements in high school, along with the major projects I had undertaken, including my extra-curricular activities.

Letter of Reference
The next step was the Letter of Reference (LOR) from my teacher. Along with the LOR, my teacher had to also predict what grade she thought I would get in the board exams.

After listing five universities and uploading the necessary documents, it was time for me to work towards my board exams, which were just around the corner, in March. By mid-April I had already received conditional offers from four universities.

I also had to give the IELTS exam (which tests English competency), which I found very easy.

After acquiring a 94.2% in the board exams, I received unconditional offers from all the universities. I was ecstatic when the Warwick’s response came in mid-July.