Western Ivey HBA AEO: Supplementary Essay Examples & Templates

If you are looking for guidance on the Western Ivey supplementary essays, as well as Ivey HBA essay examples and templates, then you’ve come to the right place. 

This Application Prep guide is fully updated with the 2021/2022 application, as well as past applications for reference.

Before you dive in, it’s important to understand that the admissions committee receives thousands of applications every year. To help set you apart from the crowd, you need to demonstrate a clear sense of self, strong life experience, and exemplary communication skills.

Our ‘full student’ coaching process does exactly that. If you’re not working with a coach, be sure to read the Self-Awareness, Goal-Setting, and Narrative Communication Skills Guides.

The Narrative Communication Approach™ is a particularly useful storytelling framework that helps you tell a clear and concise story, while creating an emotional connection with the reader. All Western Ivey essay examples and templates use this approach.

We use essay templates to show you a suggested essay structure that uses the Narrative Communication Approach™. Using this structure does not mean your essays will be the same as other students. That’s like saying using the 3 Act Structure makes every play, movie, and novel the same. The content of that story makes it unique.

We also suggest following the 5-step essay writing process we teach, seen here.

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For more information about Western Ivey, check out this free Program Guide and this informative video that one of our coaches, a Western alumnus, created to help students just like you. 

Table of Contents

  1. 2021/2022 Western Ivey Supplementary Essays: Questions; Tips for Writing; Templates; Examples; and More.
  2. 2020/2021 Western Ivey Supplementary Essays: Questions (including the Character Traits Essay); Tips for Writing; Templates; Examples; and More.

2021/2022 Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Supplementary Application 

Western Ivey HBA (AEO) asks you to complete a supplementary application, which includes two 500-word essays.

Here, you must describe your top two activities which you have completed in the last four years.

These essays are designed to allow the admissions committee to get to know you, while evaluating your skills and whether you’d be a good fit for their program.

These essays are undoubtedly the most important part of your application

COACH’S TIP: With so many applicants, making your essays unique can be tough. We recommend choosing activities that demonstrate your initiative, teamwork, commitment, and achievement. If you are having trouble, connect with a coach and they will help you out. 

Keep reading for Western Ivey HBA essay examples, essay templates, and useful tips for writing!

Before getting started, check out this video for some helpful information about the Western Ivey HBA (AEO) application in general:

Awards

Before submitting your two essays, you will see an Awards section of the application. This section is optional.

Here, you can list any non-academic awards, scholarships or distinctions you have received in the past 4 years, along with a brief description.

Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Essay Template – Awards

Use this template (Click File > Make a Copy) to fill in your list. We recommend using this template so you can review everything before submitting.

For the Awards section, list the Award Title, Granting Institution, Award Description, and Date Granted. 

Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Essay Example – Awards

Here are a couple of examples to help you out: 

Award Title: Edmonton Journal All-Star
Granting Institution: Edmonton Journal
Award Description: Chosen by the Edmonton Journal to be an “Edmonton Journal All-Star” – awarded to a select group of the best athletes in Edmonton and area.
Date Granted: 15/3/2021

Award Title: Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music
Granting Institution: Royal Conservatory of Music
Award Description: Passed both my theory and practical Grade 10 Piano
Date Granted: 10/1/2020

Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Activity Essays

Activity Essays – Breakdown

Think about what it’s like when you meet someone for the first time. You go through the usual rituals, like shaking hands and making small talk. Once you get past that, you usually start talking and sharing stories about your respective experiences and interests. After a little while, you feel like you know the person and you have a better understanding of who they are, and you really start to like them.

Your Activity Essays are the SAME. You are meeting the admissions committee for the first time. They know nothing about you, but it’s through your sharing of experiences and accomplishments, roles you’ve taken on, and common interests and goals that they get to know you and see who you really are. This is your first (and only) impression, so make it count!

When thinking about which two activities you should write about, choose the ones that really showcase who you are, and ones that highlight your background, interests, and leadership skills.

Consider all your activities, like in your community, clubs, work experience, athletics, entrepreneurial ventures, etc.

Ivey looks for applicants whose activities demonstrate the following areas:

Western Ivey Essay examples

Ivey looks for all four of these areas in your Activity Essays, so make sure you highlight all of them as much as you can.

One of the ways you can do this is by using our Narrative Communication Approach. This method will help you create a memorable essay that is personal and authentic, while showcasing your initiative, teamwork, commitment, and achievement using storytelling.

Your essays should not only talk about your experience while you did that activity, but they should be activities that had a real impact on you and changed who you are as a person. Digging past the surface level will show that you’ve applied what you learned from this activity in your life and that it’s made you a better student, leader, and person overall (and these are all things that Ivey looks for). Keep reading below to learn exactly how to do this.

Essay 1 (Required Essay): Activity 1

“Consider all the extracurricular activities (community involvement, paid and/or volunteer work experience, entrepreneurial ventures), that you have been involved in during the past four years. Select THREE activities that you feel demonstrate your leadership abilities best. Focus your description on elements that demonstrate: leadership, teamwork, initiative, achievement, commitment and breadth. Each description should focus on one activity only.”

Before getting started, check out this video for tips on writing your Western Ivey Activity Essays: 

Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Essay Template – Activity Essay 1

Get started on your template here (Click File > Make a copy).

The general structure of your essay should have these five components (get a detailed breakdown of these components here): 

  • Hook (1-25 words) – Optional
    • Capture the reader’s attention and give a quick preview of what’s to come. Make sure you mention your role and organization for your activity here.
  • Context (25-50 words)
    • Discuss when and why you became involved in this activity. Include other details like your role and responsibilities, time commitment, who you worked with, etc. 
  • Catalyst (50-75 words)
    • Talk about an event or situation during this experience that made you want to make a change/impact. In other words, what did you seek to do as a leader in this role and how did you create that change/impact?
  • Outcome (200-250 words)
    • Discuss who you worked with to create the impact/change. Were there any challenges or setbacks? What impact did you make with this activity? Make sure you’re specific here, like a certain amount of money you raised, direct feedback from people you impacted, or any form of credibility. 
  • Reflection (75-100 words)
    • Talk about what you learned as a leader from this experience. Think outside the box here and don’t talk about basic learning. Try to think of something new that the reader wouldn’t expect.

COACH’S TIP: Don’t worry about writing complete sentences at first. Just write 2-3 bullet points under each section, just to get your ideas down. You can edit and perfect your answers later. If you’d like some more information about how to write each section of this essay, check out “The Process: How to Write Your Essays” in the Narrative Communication Approach™: How to Tell Powerful Stories People Remember.

Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Pandemic Impact Statement Example

This is a new requirement by Western Ivey, which asks you to discuss how your activity and your leadership was affected (either positively or negatively) by COVID-19 and what you learned as a result. Complete this paragraph and place it at the end of your essay.

To help make it easier for you to write this section, this is the suggested essay structure using the Narrative Communication Approach™.

Get started on your Pandemic Impact Statement here. 

There are three components to this paragraph: 

  • Context (~50 words)
    • Discuss how your activity was run before COVID. Paint a ‘before’ picture here, so that the real impact can be felt later on in the paragraph. 
  • Catalyst – Impact & Action (~125 words)
    • Answer the question: When COVID hit, what happened? Did it impact your activity? What was the most difficult part and how did you respond? It’s important to focus on positive traits that came out of this, like courage, collaboration, temperance, and leadership. 
  • Outcome – Learning (~125 words)
    • Discuss how this experience allowed you to learn and grow as a leader. Choose a unique learning that uses higher insight and thought to really make your answer unique and stand out. 

Need some more help with writing your Ivey Pandemic Impact Statement? Check out this video:

Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Essay Example – Activity Essay 1

Here’s an example of an essay question for a student who started an entrepreneurial venture. 

REMEMBER: Please note that all of the examples in this guide are EXAMPLES ONLY and are NOT meant for you to copy.  

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Here is a Western Ivey Pandemic Impact Statement example using the template we discussed above:

Ivey HBA essay example
Essay 2 (Required Essay): Activity 2

“Consider all the extracurricular activities (community involvement, paid and/or volunteer work experience, entrepreneurial ventures), that you have been involved in during the past four years. Select THREE activities that you feel demonstrate your leadership abilities best. Focus your description on elements that demonstrate: leadership, teamwork, initiative, achievement, commitment and breadth. Each description should focus on one activity only.”

Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Essay Template – Activity Essay 2

Get started on your template here (Click File > Make a Copy).

Like Essay 1, the general structure of your essay should have these five components (get a detailed breakdown of these components here): 

  • Hook (1-25 words) – Optional
    • Capture the reader’s attention and give a quick preview of what’s to come. Make sure you mention your role and organization for your activity here.
  • Context (25-50 words)
    • Discuss when and why you became involved in this activity. Include other details like your role and responsibilities, time commitment, who you worked with, etc. 
  • Catalyst (50-75 words)
    • Talk about an event or situation during this experience that made you want to make a change/impact. In other words, what did you seek to do as a leader in this role and how did you create that change/impact?
  • Outcome (200-250 words)
    • Discuss who you worked with to create the impact/change. Were there any challenges or setbacks? What impact did you make with this activity? Make sure you’re specific here, like a certain amount of money you raised, direct feedback from people you impacted, or any form of credibility. 
  • Reflection (75-100 words)
    • Talk about what you learned as a leader from this experience. Think outside the box here and don’t talk about basic learning. Try to think of something new that the reader wouldn’t expect.
Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Pandemic Impact Statement Example – Activity Essay 2

Like Essay 1, your Pandemic Impact Statement asks you to discuss how your activity and your leadership was affected (either positively or negatively) by COVID-19 and what you learned as a result. Complete this paragraph and place it at the end of your essay.

To help make it easier for you to write this section, this is the suggested essay structure using the Narrative Communication Approach™.

Get started on your Pandemic Impact Statement here. 

There are three components to this paragraph: 

  • Context (~50 words)
    • Discuss how your activity was run before COVID. Paint a ‘before’ picture here, so that the real impact can be felt later on in the paragraph. 
  • Catalyst – Impact & Action (~125 words)
    • Answer the question: When COVID hit, what happened? Did it impact your activity? What was the most difficult part and how did you respond? It’s important to focus on positive traits that came out of this, like courage, collaboration, temperance, and leadership. 
  • Outcome – Learning (~125 words)
    • Discuss how this experience allowed you to learn and grow as a leader. Choose a unique learning that uses higher insight and thought to really make your answer unique and stand out. 
Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Essay Example – Activity Essay 2

Here’s an Ivey essay example for a student who created a new club/event:

Western Ivey Essay Example
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Here is an example of the Pandemic Impact Statement for this activity:

Western Ivey pandemic impact statement

Additional Activities 

If you have other extracurricular activities that you don’t want to write an essay about but want to include in the Additional Activities (Optional) section of your application, use this template (Click File > Make a Copy).

Here’s an example of an Additional Activity from the EC that was used in Essay 1 above:

Ivey activity essay example

Need some help choosing your ECs and creating memorable and unique essays? Connect with a coach to get started.

2020/2021 Western Ivey (AEO) Supplementary Application

The 2020/2021 application for Western Ivey (AEO) is the same application as 2021/2022, except that they required two extracurricular activities essays. Refer to the previous section (2021/2021 Western Ivey Supplementary Application) for templates and examples for these essays.

Here’s another Ivey Activities Essay Example in case you need more inspiration.

Activity Essay 

Consider all the extracurricular activities (community involvement, paid and/or volunteer work experience, entrepreneurial ventures), that you have been involved in during the past four years. Select THREE activities that you feel demonstrate your leadership abilities best. Focus your description on elements that demonstrate: leadership, teamwork, initiative, achievement, commitment and breadth. Each description should focus on one activity only.

Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Essay Template – Activity Essay

Get started on your template here (Click File > Make a copy).

Like Essay 1, the general structure of your essay should have these five components (get a detailed breakdown of these components here): 

  • Hook (1-25 words)Optional
    • Capture the reader’s attention and give a quick preview of what’s to come. Make sure you mention your role and organization for your activity here.
  • Context (25-50 words)
    • Discuss when and why you became involved in this activity. Include other details like your role and responsibilities, time commitment, who you worked with, etc. 
  • Catalyst (50-75 words)
    • Talk about an event or situation during this experience that made you want to make a change/impact. In other words, what did you seek to do as a leader in this role and how did you create that change/impact?
  • Outcome (200-250 words)
    • Discuss who you worked with to create the impact/change. Were there any challenges or setbacks? What impact did you make with this activity? Make sure you’re specific here, like a certain amount of money you raised, direct feedback from people you impacted, or any form of credibility. 
  • Reflection (75-100 words)
    • Talk about what you learned as a leader from this experience. Think outside the box here and don’t talk about basic learning. Try to think of something new that the reader wouldn’t expect.
Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Pandemic Impact Statement 

Like Essay 1 and 2, your Pandemic Impact Statement asks you to discuss how your activity and your leadership was affected (either positively or negatively) by COVID-19 and what you learned as a result. Complete this paragraph and place it at the end of your essay.

To help make it easier for you to write this section, this is the suggested essay structure using the Narrative Communication Approach™.

Get started on your Pandemic Impact Statement here. 

There are three components to this paragraph: 

  • Context (~50 words)
    • Discuss how your activity was run before COVID. Paint a ‘before’ picture here, so that the real impact can be felt later on in the paragraph. 
  • Catalyst – Impact & Action (~125 words)
    • Answer the question: When COVID hit, what happened? Did it impact your activity? What was the most difficult part and how did you respond? It’s important to focus on positive traits that came out of this, like courage, collaboration, temperance, and leadership. 
  • Outcome – Learning (~125 words)
    • Discuss how this experience allowed you to learn and grow as a leader. Choose a unique learning that uses higher insight and thought to really make your answer unique and stand out. 
Western Ivey HBA (AEO) Essay Examples – Activity Essay

Here’s an example of an essay question for a student who started a tutoring business.

REMEMBER: This is an EXAMPLE ONLY and is NOT meant for you to copy. 

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Ivey HBA essay example

Here is an example of the Pandemic Impact Statement for this activity:

Western Ivey pandemic impact statement

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