Hi all! I am applying to physics PhD programs across the U.S. and I'm not sure if my statement of purpose will cut it.. I am not the most creative writer and was wondering if anyone minded reading it to see what you think?? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! I am writing to express my interest in graduate studies in your department. Long have I aspired to enroll as a graduate student in your Physics PhD program at your esteemed university. I have spent the last four years of my life immersed in the fantastic worlds of physics and mathematics. Obtaining a double major in both pre-professional physics and applied mathematics with a minor in astronomy in 8 semesters was no easy feat, and I believe it will provide a strong foundation for graduate studies in physics at your school. Ever since I was little, I gazed up at the stars in wonder, stunned by the complex, yet elegant and beautiful nature of our seemingly endless universe. Entranced, I attended many space camps and programs as a child until I made it to high school where I could finally take classes in physics and astronomy. Gaining real insight on how the world around us works, I continued on, taking both AP physics and AP Calculus as a senior in high school. It was at that point that I knew that physics would be the field in which I would saturate the rest of my life in. I believe that the ultimate purpose of life is to learn and discover as much of reality as we possibly can – and there is no better way to do this than by eventually obtaining my PhD in physics – the trunk of the tree composed of all sciences, as stated by Rene Descartes. Once being granted admission to the University of Utah, I immediately began the hard work. I shortly found that the best way to truly understand physics down to its core was to have a sturdy foundation in mathematics. Hence, I decided to begin a double major between applied mathematics and pre-professional (theoretical) physics. I also decided to continue my passion in astronomy by minoring in astronomy. Many 21-credit hour semesters later, I am preparing for a May 2014 graduation. My overall GPA is currently 3.780, my physics GPA is 3.896, and my last 60 credit hours GPA is 3.860. I have obtained Dean’s list status every semester I attended, and plan on continuing for my last two semesters. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all this without help from the fantastic staff at the University of Utah, an amazing physics teacher at West Lake high school who fired my passion for physics and astronomy, and the donors of the many academic scholarships I received. Over the past four years, I believe I have acquired just the right skills in order to achieve success in your graduate program. I have a sturdy and complimentary foundation of math and physics obtained through my double major, I have taken both physical and mathematical programming classes from both departments, and I have obtained a minor in astronomy which strongly supplements my knowledge of physics. I have also taken many advanced undergraduate lab and scientific writing classes which have taught me the foundations of research and writing. Throughout my college career I have also supported the University of Utah’s astronomy outreach program. I started out volunteering at star parties every Wednesday night and eventually because a full outreach TA. This has been a great learning experience where I have taught many people – K-12 students, university students, and the general public the wonders of astronomy. To conclude, I strongly wish to continue my education, as I believe it is a never-ending, continuous process. I wish to refine my skills and knowledge of physics – and I believe the most logical path is to pursue my PhD in physics at your prestigious institution. This is the most rational expansion of my scientific pursuits, and a major step in the direction of my goal as a research professional. I believe this is the best way to further humanities cause, and reach out into the cosmos. I would be very thankful for the chance the further my education in your organization, and I thank you for your time. Thanks in advance for the help!