Breakout Session of the 5th CPAC Education Day: Insights on How to Apply to Top Universities

On October 27th, 2012 Education Foundation of Chinese Professional Association of Canada will be hosting its 5th Annual Education Day. Building on the success of past Education Days this year’s event promises to connect more students to educational opportunities that best suit their aptitudes and career goals. The event will be held at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough.

CPAC Education Day sponsored by HSBC Bank Canada is one of the largest education events held annually in the immigrant community drawing more than 2,000 students, parents, and educators. The event’s objective is to create awareness and provide information about the Canadian education system and its available services to the families of newcomers.

Education Day gives students and parents information using a range of formats. Representatives from school boards, colleges and universities will set up display booths and provide information about their programs. Over forty booths including representatives from the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and York University have been confirmed. 14 classroom sized breakout sessions and a whole-day student forum will also be held.

SPARK will host one breakout session titled “Insights on How to Apply to Top Universities.”

SPARK is a new division of the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada that endeavors to help the youth of today rise up to tomorrow’s expectations. Through a unique community, regular events, and readily available leadership opportunities, members can better themselves while helping support like-minded peers. This seminar hosted by SPARK aims to provide insights on how to apply to and get in top universities, especially the “Ivy Leagues” in the United States. It will explain what admission officers look for in a potential student, and how you can improve yourself to differentiate from other applicants. This seminar is a taste of what SPARK will offer in the future!

Tentative questions for the Ivy League Lecture:

• What were your interests in high school? How important do you think heavy extra-curricular involvement for Ivy League applicants? Is it a necessity?

• What, in your opinion, set you apart from other candidates?

• What did you write about in your application essay? What did you choose not to write about?

• What helped you prepare for your SAT’s? Are SAT II’s necessary? And AP or IB courses?

• What do you think is an acceptable GPA? What’s the importance of a heavy course load or which courses should a student take?

• Which schools were you choosing between and why did you end up where you are?

• Do you think that your Ivy League education was worth the cost? What are the biggest pros and cons?

• Are there any unique scholarships for international/ Canadian students?

• Are you aware of any high-school or race capping within your school or other Ivy Leagues? i.e. limited number of accepting applicants can be or be from…

Facts about the 5th CPAC Education Day 2012:

  • Time: Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 27th , 2012
  • Venue: Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School (3200 Kennedy Road, Scarborough, NW corner of Kennedy & McNicoll)
  • Admission fee: CAD$10/family(including free lunch)
  • Complimentary tickets: Pick up complimentary tickets at participating HSBC branches and CPAC office or register online at to get complimentary tickets.

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