The requirements for the Legislative Page Program are simple:A student needs to be in either Grade 7 or 8 at the time of applying; they need to be living or going to school in Ontario, and they need a Level 4 Academic Standing (80% average or higher). The difficult part comes next:
When I first applied in November 2011, as well as now, applicants must answer a two part question in their 750-word essay:
"1. Tell us what experiences, achievements and activities you have been involved in, at school, outside of school or at home, that make you an ideal candidate for the Legislative Page Program?
2. What unique contributions could you make to the program and how would you benefit from this experience?" (Application Process, Legislative Page Program)
The first question was easy to answer; At the time of my application, I'd volunteered at a food bank several times. I was taking a lifesaving course at the community center, as well as part of 6 clubs and sport teams at school. I was also tutoring a family friend in Hebrew outside of school. In my standards, I'd consider that a good sized list. Would you agree?
The second question, that was what I needed to think about. In my essay, I spoke about my good memory, my organization skills, and my sociability skills. Another big thing I wrote about was this blog; I was writing another blog at the time that I was applying, and I had the idea to write a blog about my experiences at the page program while I was serving. Hopefully, writing here will benefit the page program; After all, other future pages could come across this site, and be inspired.