Sample Outline B: Sectional Narration or Exposition To minimize the difficulty of establishing transitions between paragraphs, as well as to emphasize key points such as academic background, personality, and future plans, this second approach can be employed. To make it creative, "section headings" with an underlying theme may be used. In the following, one's life is likened to traveling. "A Roadmap"_ A section detailing one's academic and professional background. "A Journey"_ A section detailing the steps one has taken in order to prepare for one's future. "A Destination"_ A section detailing the applicant's study and career goals for the future and his overall vision in relation to his previous achievements and undertakings.
There are schools that require an applicant to submit a Statement of Purpose instead of a PS, the thrust of which is to present an applicant's goals in terms of what major to pursue, what research direction to take, and other specific study and career plans, if any. Therefore, in this case, you are required to submit a similar essay but with greater emphasis on your specific study and career plans. Most applicants are confused with the difference between a PS and a Statement of Purpose. This is not to say, however, that a PS cannot be a Statement of Purpose and vice versa, because as you will discover in the next section, these two can actually overlap depending on the outline you have created.