Thought process when writing a graduate school statement of purpose for a research PhD

You make a feeble attempt at creating an eye-catching, possibly witty, and definitively memorable opening statement. All at once. You cross this sentence out, rewrite it, and re-rewrite it. Rinse and repeat for about 4 hours. You finally write a sentence about this statement that you made, perhaps with some qualification about what exactly that statement meant. You may possibly recollect a younger, more foolish hopeful and inspired you. Segue into your amazingly detailed but concise autobiography here. Remember, you only have 1000 words or less (in most instances) to make your case.

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