3 OMSAS Sketch Tips:
In today's blog post, we're going to share some of our tops tip on how to make your OMSAS sketch stand out. Let's get started. What can be included in your sketch? Any activity, structured or non-structured going as far back as the age of 16, that demonstrates the essential qualities the admissions committees want to see in their applicants, such as leadership, communications skills, team work, etc. etc.
1. However, note that it is all about quality rather than quantity. In other words, just because you have 32 entries, does NOT mean that you have to fill up all 32 entries. Importantly, you must be clear and concise to demonstrate your excellent communication skills. The main categories are: formal education, employment, volunteer activities, extra-curricular activities, award and accomplishments, research, and other. Activities such as traveling, cultural experiences, or having special licenses or certificates fall under this latter category.
2. What about verifiers? For any activity, other than formal education and scholarships, you must provide a verifier. For structured activities this can be a supervisor, a coach, etc. and for non-structured activities these can be friends, family, neighbors, and even yourself.
3. Before completing the online application, create a comprehensive list and begin organizing these into a spreadsheet.
Here's an example:
First a simple formal education entry. Pay attention to how the dates are entered. Also note how the formal education is described here in 48 characters or less very clearly and concisely.
Description: U of Toronto: BSc
Geographical Location: Toronto/ON
Now here is a slightly more complex employment entry. Notice that the description of employment clearly lets the reader know the role of the candidate. This description is clear and concise. And the number in the next column signifies the verifier’s identity in the list of verifiers.
Description: Ford Motors Inc: Cars & Tech Support Intern
Geographical Location: San Fran/USA
Level of education: 4th yr. B. Eng.
Hours: ~800 hrs.
Full/part-time – Summer or Academic Year: Full-time; academic & summer terms (6-mo. internship)
Responsibilities: Coordinated global media events by organizing test drives, scheduling car transport and maintenance, and creating inventory tracking processes.
It is also important to pay attention to the use of punctuations in your sketch. In this example, notice how “Full time” is separated from “academic and summer term” by a semicolon. Lastly, notice how this candidate has effectively and creatively used their 150-character limit to provide a very clear and concise description of their roles and responsibilities. It is acceptable to use short hand and point form in your descriptions so long as they are clearly understood by others.
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