If you are considering study in agriculture or bio-resources, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school. Agriculture and bio-resources schools in Canada can be competitive and are rigorous; therefore, it is important to plan your high school courses accordingly. Some of the classes that you will want to take are natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences and any English or communications classes to ensure that you are well prepared for the schools and programs that make your list.
If you are still in high school and are thinking about going to school for agriculture and bio-resources, there are several additional things that you can do to prepare and increase your chances of success:
- Validate your interest in agriculture and bio-resources by doing some work in your home country, such as an agriculture co-op or volunteer experience. Most schools require that you have seriously considered the field by spending time in a setting where agriculture and bio-resource professionals are working. Work experience - paid or volunteer - can also increase your chances of being admitted, particularly to programs involving internships, and is an achievement often regarded highly by admissions committees.
- Undertake to read and study independently. See if your community offers any short courses or workshops in areas like first aid/CPR, farm safety, pesticide use or other relevant topics. This will also help you if admission requirements include a personal essay, since you will be able to impress the committee with the knowledge you have built up of terms and issues specific to this area of study.
- Admissions committees are also interested in international students' personal qualities, which can be developed through participating in extracurricular activities. Consider joining or even starting school clubs, whether related to your area of interest or not. This is also a good way to develop demonstrated leadership skills, which are an important aspect of any competitive application.