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This sample SOP was used by a non-native English speaker to apply to a master’s program in Sports Management in the USA.
I am applying to your Master of Sports Management program with the goal of building upon my previous experiences and preparing for my career. I studied Sports Medicine in the university due to my longstanding interest in sports. When doing my internship at the local YMCA, I had the chance to learn about health promotion for the elderly, and I came to see that this industry is poised for considerable growth. From this experience, I understand that the best way to keep elderly people healthy is to focus on preventing accidents or diseases. Unfortunately, there is a scarcity of professionals in this industry, and this is why I hope to acquire a more thorough understanding of sports management in your graduate program, as I hope to fill this gap and become a pioneer in this field in my native country.
My university studies give me a good foundation of knowledge on which to base more advanced studies. Through core courses I have learned a lot about sports protection, fitness and weight training, as well as taking optional courses related to sports management. Meanwhile, I was also very active in extracurricular activities in order to build a broader perspective and more practical skills. For example, I was active in the Student Union, I joined the school orchestra, and I served as a Teaching Assistant in my department as well as a leader in the department’s Sports Medicine Camp. In addition, I was a member of the Sports Service Society, and I collaborated with other members to help with elderly fitness drives and sanitary education in remote areas.
As mentioned above, my career goals began to really take shape during my one-year internship as an Administrative Assistant at the YMCA. My core duties there included organizing and implementing conferences and teaching certificate lessons. I was also responsible for promoting activities, contacting students and teachers, and arranging various activities. For instance, I planned many free elderly health-related activities in cooperation with the local municipal government, including an International Elderly Day with hundreds of student volunteers and drives to measure blood pressure and encourage the elderly to be active and explore nature. In the process of working on these events, I developed my leadership and organizational skills, and I have gotten a taste of what I expect to do for my future career.
Now, I believe that I am well-prepared for the challenge of going overseas and studying Sports Management at the graduate level. I previously worked as a research assistant at Goodwell Medical University’s Institute of Neuroscience, and I thus have experience at integrating, collecting and analyzing data, which will help with my postgraduate dissertation. I am eager to contribute my knowledge and experiences to your classes and research projects while also learning from the many talented students and professors in the program. After completing my studies, I hope to gain a place in a governmental sports institute in my native country, where I aspire to raise awareness about the benefits of sports for people of all ages, and especially the elderly.
My ultimate goal is to combine sports with elderly fitness promotion in order to essentially make a new industry. I want to build elderly communities and set up service stations for the elderly to help them have care service even in their own homes and organize activities periodically to replace the present elderly care centers. That way, the elderly can maintain their relationship networks through exercise. Accomplishing these goals will require advanced management abilities, and I thus find your master’s program an ideal setting for my further studies.