Resume, Cover Letter and Application Essay Questions

COVER LETTER & RESUME 

Please upload your resume and cover letter below.  Please include your name in the uploaded file name. 

ESSAY QUESTIONS

These personal essays will help us become acquainted with you in ways different from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. We are looking for two distinctly different essays that will help us know you better as a person and as a prospective graduate assistant in the Center for Access, Success, and Achievement. If you are applying for more than one Graduate Assistantship in CASA, please make sure that your essay questions are different – do not use the same essay questions.  Please write two separate essays (250-500 words each) on any two topics listed below. List the essay question and number at the top of your document. 

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Select the Graduate Assistantship tab for the appropriate essay questions. 
  • Respond to TWO questions from that tab.
  • You must include your name AND the essay number in the uploaded file name.

1. Describe your experience and perspectives in working with underrepresented student population? What are some of the issues and challenges you are likely to face in serving this population, and how would you manage these challenges?

2. What, in your opinion are the barriers to getting a college degree?

3.  Discuss your professional goals and aspirations, including how your current skills, along with advanced study, will be of support in this position.

4. The main purpose of Outreach is to provide early access to College Resources and Programs. 
An important component to the program is our campus visits; for many students this is the first time that they step foot on a college campus.  Given this, what are some areas of concerns that might appear on these visits and list some ways to address these concerns?  

5. Describe an experience where you were trying to help someone who was unresponsive to your help. How did you handle the situation?  What was the outcome?  What did you learn from the experience?

6. Villanova has a partnership with The School District of Philadelphia’s Academy at Palumbo High school. Although, great improvements have taken place within the school and our partnership has blossomed, there is still room for improvement.  Scenario question:  You have been planning a campus visit for three months and three days before 100 students are expected to arrive on campus, you receive an phone call stating that this program will have to be cancelled for the following reasons: 

     a) the bus being used is not an approved School District Transportation Company;
     b) The only students approved to go are those who submitted all their health clearance forms which means that only 12 can attend.  How would you handle this situation?

7. The teenage years can be very confusing for many.  Peer pressure, and societal Demands make even the best intentioned adolescent sometimes follow along with the crowd. Academy at Palumbo high has many wonderful, talented students, but there are also some students who can be considered challenging.  Unfortunately, many of these challenging students often times have the power to influence others.  As the Graduate Assistant how can you turn these challenges into victories and/or teaching moments?  Also how would you address issues relating to peer pressure and societal demands, in a group setting or for a campus visit? 

1. Describe your experience and perspectives in working with underrepresented student population?
    What are some of the issues and challenges you are likely to face in serving this population, and how
    would you manage these challenges?

2. Beyond the cost of college, what does it take to make it successfully through college?

3. Discuss your professional goals and aspirations, including how your current skills, along with
    advanced study, will be of support in this position.

4. Have you or anyone close to you been marginalized or a target of discrimination?
    How has this experience changed you? What have you taken away from this experience?
    How do you feel this experience could benefit you when working with students?

5. Describe an experience where you were trying to help someone who was unresponsive to your help.
    How did you handle the situation?  
    What was the outcome?  
    What did you learn from the experience?