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10. Once you've explained why you like some area(s), explain how you will fit in with work being done in *that* universtiy. Say how you, Prof. Foo, and Prof. Bar can attain the holy grail of networking together. You should appear in awe of them, yet, appear indispensable to their work. Avoid mentioning persons alone, i.e., qualify a professor by the group he leads/is part of. You can rest assured any CS prof will be part of some group with what she thinks is a cool abbreviated name. This way you won't antagonise a rival professor in the same area who actually sits on the committee. 11. Market yourself with concrete statistics. I won't believe it myself if you claim you are the second coming of Knuth. It is very unlikely that the profs of a department will. After all, it is their fate to have seen a billion SOPs before yours and they are condemned to seeing many more after yours. That said, mention things like "I was ranked in the top 0.123% of the FOO exam conducted by the BARs," exactly once. 12. Try being humourous without sounding like a clown. Wit is something which really can't be forced into writing. So, it is perfectly fine if you write something totally serious as long as it is cogent and forceful. Finally, finish off with a flourish. 13. if (you aren't sick and tired) goto step 0. 14. Stop reading this page this minute and go work on your application. I most definitely assert my rights to be identified as the author of this work in accordance with all known, unknown, and yet-to-be-framed copyright laws of this planet. Any resemblance to work produced by a certain Don of the west coast is entirely intended. © Arunchandar Vasan.
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