I need to write a statement of objectives for a grad school application. Here are the instructions online: So where to start: Does this mean: write a sensibly structured statement in coherent English? What is that even supposed to mean? I'm applying to a very broad program designed to introduce many topics before beginning the 'problem solving' (i.e. research) so I can only be very vague about what I want to address at the moment. Does this mean: talk about undergraduate work and research experience? I am surprised that these instructions are so vague. I was expecting something along the lines of: tell us about your undergrad, research experience, why you want to be here, what makes you a good candidate, what you want to do achieve in the long term.