Sample Document

Personal Statement

Some students who are new to Canada are not familiar with the notion of “personal statement.” This document intends to explain briefly, the writer’s past experience and plan for future. The writer may briefly write about any challenges in life and any triumphs.

The following is an example of personal statement we received in the past. We have changed the name and specifics that identify the writer.

A Sample of Personal Statement

I have a passion for technical subjects that led me to study Engineering. I would like to start my career to work for a major engineering company to gain experience to establish my own engineering company after I gain business experience.

Since arriving in Canada in 2016, I have studied to improve my English. I took some English courses at a college before enrolling in engineering program at university.

I have maintained a high average in my first year of engineering. I think my strong mathematical background that I gained in Iran has been a factor in my success.

I am also interested in music and learned to play guitar when I was in Iran but heavy academic work in Canada has reduced my time to practice playing music.

I am in Canada on student visa. Being a foreign student, I cannot obtain employment outside university or access financial help that provincial government provides to local students. After recent devaluation of Iranian currency, the funds I receive from my father has decreased substantially. Thanks to one of my professors, I am now working for few hours a week at his lab at university. This provides me a little relief but certainly takes some of my personal time that I could use for other things such as studying or playing music.

Parya’s scholarship will ease my tight financial situation and help me accomplish my goal of becoming an Engineer. After completing my education, if I manage to obtain my permanent residency status in Canada, I would like to become a contributor to Parya’s Scholarship Program.

Parviz

 

Declaration of Financial Situation

Some students are not familiar with the process of preparing a financial statement because some items are estimates. We typically make our estimates based on the best information available to us. Unless there is a substantial change in one’s circumstances, last year’s actual income and expenses may be a good estimate for next year's income and expenses. Not every two cases are identical so the items and amounts presented in the following example would not be valid to other cases.

The following is an example of financial decleration we received in the past. We have eliminated the name and specifics that identify the writer.

A Sample of Financial Declaration

My expected source of income for next academic year. Some items are firm others are my best estimates.

 

Saving account                      5,875

Family support                        3,000

Provincial student loan        7,300

Part time job                            10,500

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Total income                         $26,675

 

My expected source of income for next academic year. Some items are firm others are my best estimates.

 

Tuition Fees                            13,700

Medical insurance              650

Books                                       1,300

Supplies                                  200

Campus resident                5,600

Food Plan                               4,800

Transportation                     1,200

Personal hygiene               250

Clothing                                 300

Entertainment                      150

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Total expenses                    $28,150

 

I expect a shortfall of $1,475

 

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