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University of Manitoba – 204-474-9531
University of Winnipeg – 204-786-9458
Red River College – 204-632-2437
University College of the North – 1-866-627-8500
Université de Saint-Boniface – 204-235-4408
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology – 204-989-6519
I advise students to read plenty of examples of strong essays in advance of beginning any brainstorming or writing. There are a number of books on the market and websites to help. Then I like to choose a couple of those sample essays and have the student identify three things or traits that were revealed about the writer/applicant. For example, family is important as revealed by the catchy beginning that showed the writer/applicant having a deep discussion with an older sibling. Or the writer is profoundly interested in studying French and is willing to take on challenges outside her comfort zone as revealed by the reference to studying abroad in a full-immersion exchange program. Or the writer values community as revealed by the eloquent description of her role within the corps d’ ballet, and how she provides support to and draws on the strength of her fellow dancers. Then I ask, “what do you want to reveal about yourself that’s important to you?”
In your essay you need to identify that goal. Give an explanation of how you plan to accomplish this goal. You should use your personal observations, expertise and skills to support your essay.
Don’t forget to add details and develop your ideas. Pay attention to sentence structure and avoid spelling errors.
Stay at the topic, and do not shift to less relevant subject areas.
Your essay must include a number of (preferably five) paragraphs where you explain to some detail how you reached your topic or conclusion.
You should begin with a clear main idea and support this main idea with three relevant paragraphs. End with your conclusion and use precise words.