Monday, February 11, 2013

Application and Essay

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:

The essay.

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.


And for those of you considering applying for the page program; You should. Scratch that. You have to. I haven't even had my first day on the job, and I'm looking forward to it so much. You get to meet 20-something other kids just like you, with similar goals. You get to look all professional, in your fancy uniform. You get to be on TV! You get to meet your MPP, the Speaker of the House, the Clerks, the Leaders of each party... lots and lots of important people. In fact; on my orientation day I met Kathleen Wynne, whom was sworn in as the new Premier of the Legislature of Ontario today.  



25 comments:

  1. This blog has helped me a TON in my Page Program application. Thank you soooo much!!

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    1. Hey Katherine! I'm so glad to hear that ;D good luck, I really hope you get in! You're VERY welcome ;))

      -Daniella

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    2. Would Air Cadets help in the application?

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    3. Hi Alexandr,
      I think it would! One of the other pages during my session was from Air Cadets. Pretty much everything that isn't a bad thing is good for the application. Mention it in your essay!!
      Good luck :)

      -Daniella

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  2. Thank you soooo much (from me as well)! You are sooooo kind to share you tips with everyone. I just started writing my essay though :( Am I too late?

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    1. Hey Bonnie!
      I'm glad I could help ;) the dates that they accept applications for the spring session are September 15- November 15, so no, you are not too late! And as long as you are still in grade 7, you can also apply from April 15- June 30. But as long as you complete your essay and submit your application by the 15th of November, you're good!
      I'll also admit, I put mine off for quite a while. Be sure to pace yourself and use the time you have to the best of your ability, so you have time to check your work and have an adult check it too.
      Good luck! :)
      -Daniella

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    2. Thanks Daniella! I'll try my best to manage my time. I was wondering if you could show me an example of the essay? I'm a bit confused of what the second question requires you to answer.
      Thanks again :D
      - Bonnie

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    3. Hi Bonnie!
      Sure! Perhaps you can send me a message (google+, or give me your twitter/email) and I'll get in contact with you?
      I hope I can help!

      -Daniella

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    4. Hi Daniella! Thank you so much! You are a really kind person. You can email me at bonnie6a@gmail.com. Thank you again.
      - Bonnie

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    5. Would you mind sending me one as well? If possible, my e-mail is katiemonat22@gmail.com
      Thanks so much!

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    6. Could you please send a copy to me as well? My email is lukelll@126.com. Thank you!!!

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    7. And me? Please? My email is allesandro147@gmail.com Thank you in advance and have fun!

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    8. Hey guys,
      I just emailed you. Let me know if there's any problem with the email :)

      -Daniella

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    9. Can you send me a copy of your essay too? My email is smartal111@rocketmail.com I'm planning to apply for the program.
      Thanks!

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  4. Hey Daniella,
    Your blog is really helpful and informative.Do you mind telling me what your average was when you got accepted?

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    1. Hi daisy123!
      Glad to help! :D
      My average was a 93% at the time, but as long as you have an 80% average or higher you can apply. They don't actually ask for your average, they just ask that it's at a level 4.
      Also a little heads up: if you are a girl applying, it's a little more difficult to get into the Page Program because there are usually much more girls than boys applying.
      Good luck!!

      -Daniella

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  5. Hi Daniella,
    Is it possible for you to send me a copy of your essay as well? My e-mail is: tulip1901@gmail.com
    Thanks!!!

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  6. Thank you so much, I had some ideas but I wasn't sure if they proved to be worth using, this site will help me a lot if i do become a page, but knock on wood right?

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    1. Hi Lola!
      Sorry it took so long to get back to you, I've been a little occupied with high school and exams coming up :)
      I wish you have the best of luck on your essay and getting into the program! It truly is an awesome experience :)
      It's my pleasure to help anybody who is applying for the page program. I hope you have as much fun as I did!

      -Daniella

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  7. Hey Daniella, this blog has been a great help for writing my essay and the best part is you have experienced it so you are the best person to ask for advice. I am not quite sure if what I wrote for my essay's 2nd question is what the examiners are looking for. Will you please send me an email of your essay on inspire101jj@gmail.com
    Thanks.
    please reply asap the deadline is near

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    1. Thanks for the email. I replied back do check it.

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  8. Hi Daniella, I'm applying to the Page Program and I was wondering if you could email a copy of your essay to me. My email is lavanyarsinha@gmail.com. Thanks!

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