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Nov 28, 2013   #1
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What has inspired you to pursue an engineering degree and why would you like to study at the University of Toronto?
What skills have you developed through your extra-curricular experiences that will support your future success as both a student and an engineer?

My first thoughts of pursuing engineering came after talking to a stranger. He was a mining engineer who sat next to me on my 11-hour flight from Beijing. He spoke with me about his entire experience with engineering - the typical workday, the advantages, and the future job prospects. Inspired by his words, I began to look more into this field, and learned that engineering was male dominated. Admittedly intimidated by this challenge, I was left uncertain about whether to pursue business or engineering. With unwavering encouragement from my dad, a software engineer with 25 year's experience, I decided to be audacious and pursue the career path of engineering.

Over the past few years, I have developed passion and thirst for the knowledge of chemistry and physics. Being able to apply concepts to innovate and solve problems is fascinating and I feel that the University of Toronto is the optimal place for me to become a successful chemical engineer. As well, being part of the Skule community with large-scale leadership opportunities from a diversity of clubs appeals to me. The PEY program entices me and would aid me in my growth both academically and personally. The large student body and campus entice me as opportunities to broaden my perspective and achieve more than I could elsewhere.

My passion for extra-curricular activities, dedication towards improving the lives of others, and enthusiasm to gain experience through everything I pursue has helped me gain many skills throughout high school. As co-president of my school's Business Club, a club that coordinates large events and fundraisers to teach members about business, I have acquired confidence in presenting and developing new ideas, and further developed my organizational skills. As part of my school's student council I have improved my leadership skills; I have planned and implemented initiatives, and increased my knowledge of how to effectively work with a team of staff and students. I am also a peer tutor at my school and find pleasure in helping others learn. This has challenged me to view problems in an array of different perspectives to better understand concepts, and increase my problem solving skills.

I have been involved in activities outside of school that have increased my comfort in presenting in large crowds. Piano study has taken up 10 years of my life, and has allowed me to participate in festivals, recitals, and examinations while improving my analytical skills through theory and ear training. I now take the time each week to volunteer at a senior's home and play the piano for them. I also trained for five years as a competitive dancer, competing in areas all over my city.

The wide range of experiences I have acquired through my extracurricular activities has allowed me to persevere and challenge myself in demanding conditions. Balancing extra curricular pursuits, volunteering, and school has vastly strengthened my time management skills. My sheer dedication to do my best in everything I do will help me succeed in engineering, and will define me as a true University of Toronto student.

notorious90 1 / 3 1  
Nov 29, 2013   #2
He spoke with me about his entire experience of engineering - the typical workday, the advantages, and the future job prospects.

With unwavering encouragement from my dad, a software engineer with 25 years of experience, I decided to be audacious and pursue the career path of engineering.

Over the past few years, I have developed a passion and thirst for the knowledge of chemistry and physics.

I am also a peer tutor at my school and find pleasure in helping others learn. This has challenged me to view problems in an array of different perspectives so that i can better understand concepts and increase my problem solving skills.
dumi 1 / 6,928 1592  
Dec 3, 2013   #3
My first thoughts of pursuing engineering came after talking to a stranger. He was a mining engineer who sat next to me on my 11-hour flight from Beijing. He spoke with me about his entire experience with engineering - the typical workday, the advantages, and the future job prospects.

Where did you meet him? Briefly mention the place or event to give more emotions and lively feelings to your writing.

Inspired by his words, I began to look more into this field, and learned that engineering was male dominated.

Was it only his words that inspired you? What did he say? What details of that conversation impressed you the most?
I feel if you answered some of these questions, you could come up with a more interesting and impressive response.


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