أحد الاوراق المهمة اللتي يجب أن يقدمها اي طالب يريد الدراسة في الجامعات الكندية (والكثير من الجامعات في أمريكا واستراليا) هي خطاب يوضع أهداف الطالب ورغباته ولماذا يريد الاكمال في هذه الجامعة تحديدا (الجامعة اللتي يقدم لها) هذا الخطاب يسمى احيانا:
Statement of Purpose
أو قد يسمى
Statement of Intent
أو غيرها من المسميات ولكن في نهاية الامر، الخطاب يجيب على السؤال:
لماذا تريد إكمال دراستك في جامعتنا؟
ولمساعدتكم في توضيح كيفية عمل الخطاب وآلية صياغته، أضع مامكم نموذجان ممتازان.
After I graduated high school, I had no idea what careers appealed to me. For my first two years of university, I searched for a calling, a class that would change my life and direct my studies. I enrolled in a wide variety of courses in a wide variety of departments. I learned about ethical relativism and general relativity (anthropology and astronomy), cubic functions and cubism (calculus and art history), similes and syllogisms (English and logic), p-tests and p-zombies (statistics and philosophy), brain structure and post-structuralism (psychology and politics) and much more.
These classes taught me a lot about the world but the most valuable things I learned were about myself. I won’t leave you in suspense; no one class transformed my life. And what I have come to realize is that no class likely ever will. Instead I learned that I have a set of skills and passions that make a career in law the right choice for me. I learned that I enjoy the rigorous thinking of math and statistics but that the world is rarely so black and white.
This influenced my decision to pursue economics, my undergraduate major. I love economics because it blends abstract theory with real world applications. For every mathematical model I have studied, I have also learned how to apply this model for positive changes in the environment, healthcare, developing countries, and domestic policy. Similarly, law requires a certain type of abstract thought while still being firmly rooted in reality. It is challenging, but knowledge and understanding of the law can be a valuable tool in facilitating positive change. My education has also taught me to look at problems from multiple perspectives, a skill I started developing in high school. A big part of my life in high school was competitive debating. I competed and ranked highly in numerous tournaments on the regional, provincial, national, and international levels. I twice represented Canada at the World Individuals Public Speaking and Debating Championship. These experiences taught me to see both sides of an issue, think critically, speak confidently, and to differentiate a strong argument from strong rhetoric. This year I am assisting several first-year university students in reviving my university’s competitive debating society. My time in undergraduate schooling has also taught me that I love to learn.
I currently hold a near-perfect GPA but this is not because of an innate intelligence or grade-fixation. I attribute my academic success far more to hard work and a love of learning. From what I have heard, law school can be a very difficult experience without these attributes. The last thing that I have learnt over the past four years is what gives me a sense of fulfillment. Every summer since 2008 I have taken out canoe trips in northern Ontario, ranging in length from one night to four weeks. I find these trips inspiring and especially rewarding. I have led trips for inner-city youth, youth with type I diabetes, and at a camp for burn survivors. Some came from disadvantaged backgrounds and some were facing major challenges in their lives. Some were strong and fit and others really struggled with the daily routine of paddling, portaging, and cooking over a fire. For me the challenge was to make the trip a fulfilling experience for all of them, and accomplishing this challenge was what motivated me. There is no better feeling than finishing a long day, lying down in your tent and thinking wow, we really did a lot of good today. I want to get the same feeling from my career.
Deciding on a career has not been a straightforward process for me. But the self-knowledge I have gained over the last four years makes it clear to me that law is the right choice. Economics has given me a deeper understanding of the world and my place in it, but understanding is not enough. I want to improve the systems that directly effect people’s daily lives, specifically through work in domestic public policy. This may sound naive. Many people have left university with this dream only to be knocked in the teeth by reality. And I am prepared for this. I may not be able to facilitate all the change I would like, but if I am able to lie down at the end of the day and say wow, we really did a lot of good today, I know that I will be satisfied. I believe that an education in law is an extremely useful tool in making this dream happen. I want to attend The University of Toronto because it has an unparalleled reputation in terms of the quality of students, faculty, and education. Law students at U of T do not need to wait until graduation to start having a positive impact on their community. They do so through various legal clinics and pro bono work. Their commitment to the local and global community makes this university my top choice among law schools. Please consider me for admission.
I would like to use this space to provide contextual information that will assist the Admissions Committee in evaluating my application. I was born in Manitoba but moved with my parents to the Northwest Territories (Nunavut) in 1993 at the age of 11. I consider myself to be both a Northerner and Manitoban as I am currently a resident of Manitoba. While the high cost of living and geographical remoteness of our remote Arctic village had meant that life was often difficult, it was also very rewarding.
In retrospect I do not feel as though I was disadvantaged by my unusual childhood, where dogsledding was a favorite pastime. Instead I believe strongly that Northerners make an important contribution to a diverse Canada; especially with respect to advancing the cause of environmental protection. As I indicated on my form I am a proud descendant of an original Red River Metis family. My family’s oral history tells of our participation in the resistance and of our role in the burial of Louis Riel. My family had experienced first-hand the negative health consequences caused by social and economic marginalization, however my great-grandmother’s stories have proven to be an inspiration to me. What I recall of her is that in spite of the bitter suffering and neglect she endured in her life she was always cheerful. Rather than dwell on the difficulties, she loved to tell of how our family was close friends of the Riel family and how we received his remains after his death. In death as in life, her grandfather had trimmed his hair. Riel’s internment in the St. Boniface cemetery was only a few city blocks away from where he ran a something business and water mill. Riel often took shelter at their family home, especially when he fell ill. The memory of Riel’s innocence and their sadness over his death was poignantly remembered with astonishing clarity a hundred years after the event occurred.
Being given this history was a major rite of passage for me and I am happy to share it with you. By retelling her story, what I wish to communicate is that to be Metis is to be an heir of a culture, and it is to be in a sense a bearer of a family memory. Although our history is tragic at times, we have many inspirational Canadians to be proud of who have defended the rights of the disenfranchised and strengthen the rights of all citizens. I believe that Riel’s fight to achieve practical results for the Metis is a cornerstone of Canadian legal history as well as our own history. In a much smaller way I too have sought to achieve practical results for indigenous people. In the year 2000 I was honoured to receive a Millennium Scholarship Excellence Scholarship awarded on the basis of academic ability and proven community leadership skills. It was a great honour to have received a national award, but I believe that it has given me an even greater responsibility to continue working to improve the lives of Canadians and especially of indigenous people. If I am given the opportunity to study at the University of Toronto, I will continue to find ways to achieve practical results for indigenous people that will only strengthen the fabric of our diverse society. One way I would like to do this is by working to provide affordable legal services to people in remote arctic communities to help reduce the barrier to adequate legal representation that exists there. I see great potential for intellectual growth, challenge and the cultivation of leadership qualities in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, and I hope that you see this potential in me.