The motivational letter is the most important personalized document, which you can use to present yourself to your advantage and grant the opportunity of getting accepted at the university of your choice! Work hard for this one and you will open many great doors to your future!
The way to do it is to start writing relevant and interesting details that show your motivation and righteousness as a prolific candidate to participate in a chosen program. This letter plays the decisive role to determine your acceptance. The hardest challenge is to present it in the best possible fashion.
In spite of your successes and even many accomplishments, if you do not put together a motivational letter that stands out you will not be able to make it in THAT acceptance list! So, first:
The Concept should contain your thoughts and reasoning on why you want to pursue a specific degree, qualities you possess, which can be helpful for the program, and why you chose a specific university. Then bring these ideas to draft!
The Layout is the way the document is formatted and it should certainly look professional. If you do not find any specifications in your university’s description, then try to keep it at a maximum of two pages!
The structure defines the flow of the letter. A bright introduction, which leads gradually towards a body and a punchy ending, plus a summary. The conclusion should be focused on your personal advantages.
Fine-tuning is all about the words you have decided to use. Avoid using complex words and constructions as they are a turn-off or may even irritate the admission officers. Focus on using a smoother, eloquent, and persuasive language that shows rather than tells your outstanding points.
Tips for writting a better Motivational Letter:
- Try not to sound flat in your writing!
- Present yourself in a way that would convince the institution to want you in their circle. Focus on your intellectual personality, not your irrelevant personal matters.
- Focus on your strengths and reasons why you are the right person for this specific university.
- Plan way ahead on how you want your letter to be. Write drafts. Plan the concept, the layout, structure and the fine-tuning.
- Do not repeat what you have already mentioned in your CV. In your motivational letter try to come out as more creative, interesting and bold.
- Prioritize interests of why you want to get admitted to this specific university and be as direct as you can.
- Be positive, but do not force humor – it can turn out the wrong way. You do not know the person who is going to read your letter. Furthermore, humor can easily be overdone!
- Do not try to be someone else. Bring your own voice. Always speak about the things that are true to you in your truest voice. There definitely are many great and interesting things that have happened to you, unique qualities, so think of those things and try to present them in your true voice. You are enough! There is no need to pretend, and worse, you will be caught for pretending! Being focused in our lives does not leave us enough room to think that WE ARE interesting too! Just as content is important so is your unique voice!
- Pay attention and make sure you answer all questions asked of you! All are equally important questions.
- Do not ever write your motivational letter at the last minute! Write as many drafts until you absolutely achieve the goal of bringing your personality to life on paper.
- Do your proofreading! This is a MUST!
- Share something about yourself. University admission officers want to know some things about you, primarily.
- Don’t write too many points and make a mess, scattered litter!
- Make sure you adjust your letter for each specific university you apply to – if you are not going to apply at only one university!
- Do not repeat what you have already mentioned in the application form!
- Make sure you are not sending a motivational letter with a boring introduction!
- Do not leave out the information about the program which you are applying for – let the admission officers know that not only are you interested in the program but that you are also engaged with the program’s components
- You may even mention particular professors and why you would like to be lectured by them – maybe there is a particular component that you would want to further develop
- Make sure to give a personal angle to the figures in your transcript. You can speak about your major achievements – not just show it on your transcript. Offer details that cannot be found otherwise. Do not leave out anything that can set you apart from the rest of the applicants.
- Never lie or fictionalize about your interests, achievements, or personality.
- Let the admission officers know that you have a clear career path in your mind and that you have already started on this path, even if only through internships or student jobs.
- Make sure you link how your previous experience can help you in various areas during studies.
- Make a clear conclusion. This is a major problem for most students writing motivational letters. This is not an essay, yet it needs to end with a strong and clear remark. Restate your interest and make a brief summary of key points along the letter.
- Introduction and conclusion are the two most important parts of a motivational letter – those will stick in the admission officers’ minds.
- Reformulate why you are an ideal candidate for the specific course you are applying for and how the course fits into your academic and career paths.
- Make sure to thank the admission officers for taking the time to read your letter and express your enthusiasm and desire to speak of more details with them in a personal interview.
- The best way to do it is to break the form down into smaller tasks so that you can tackle requirements one section at a time and not get blown away.
- Submit your application well in advance of the closing date.
- Brainstorm and make drafts of your ideas into paragraphs in order to collect and organize your thoughts.
- You can also choose your referee, for which it is recommended to think a while before the actual date.
- Compare the course you are applying for with courses offered by other competitor universities/institutions and consider what are the appealing factors of the institution and course you chose.
- Writing bland, unsupported statements or quoting big-time from university prospects is neither appealing nor original.
- Make sure you come across as a mature student, capable of managing yourself and meeting deadlines. Also, you should be a motivated student.
- You can choose to either send your application by e-mail, post, or both. The best thing about sending it by post is that you can be in control of how the application will look like when printed. And, you may stand out from the bombarded email inbox of the admission officers.
- Keep the length of the paper in one or two pages.
- Use active voice and first person “I”.
- Be creative when writing in your academic tone.
AGAIN, check your spelling and grammar. Do not repeat your statements. Read your final writing to someone whose opinion you value. Make it more interesting if the need be!
Excellent students possess the skills, the experience, and the knowledge to participate and excel in most programs. Good luck!