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  1. Going along with everyone said, undergrad is really a learning opportunity for you to discover what learning styles work best for you and for you to grow as a person (as cheesy as that sounds, it's true). I went to Mac and did my undergrad in life science which by no means is an easy program, but when you're doing something you really enjoy, it's much easier to get good marks. In my first year, because of all the mandatory courses I had to take that I hated (physics, math haha) I got a pretty shitty GPA but by the time 3rd and 4th year came around, I really figured out which study methods worked best for me and which courses interested me the most and got my highest grades. After working for admissions, I can tell you that most schools do NOT look at your program for professional schools (i.e. law school, med school etc.), they actually block out which school AND program you came from when looking at your grades to keep it as unbiased as possible. BUT on the plus side, if you think about it this way: you may think it's "easier" to do well in social sciences, but a lot of those courses are more subjective than science, so it can actually be a lot harder to do well (especially for science students, who tend to be less developed writers) since a lot of your grades are based on things like essays as opposed to exams, labs, etc. So for me personally, I know I would never had achieved the grades I got if I was in social sciences/humanities. It's always good to keep an open-mind going into university and not have the mentality that some programs are "easier" than others. Chances are, most people in this forum have worked their asses off to get the grades they got, regardless of their program.
  2. As everyone above has mentioned, undergrad really doesn't make a difference when you're applying to law school/Masters programs/other professional schools. Go where you think is the best fit for you in terms of where you'll get the experience (in terms of the "feel" of the campus, what makes the same program at school X different from school Y, what works best for you financially). I made sure to tour all the schools I was choosing between for undergrad and really liked Mac and Queen's because they have that sort of "community bubble" feel as opposed to being in the hustle and bustle of a busy downtown core. I'd also really recommend keeping an open mind going into undergrad. It's great to have ambitions and the goal of getting into law school to work towards but coming from a science undergrad, most of my friends went into undergrad only thinking that they were going to med school and most of them had a big reality check when 4th year came and they realized they neither had the grades nor the MCAT scores for that and had no backup plans whatsoever. So really take away everything that you can from undergrad, don't just go in with the mentality that it's law school or nothing.
  3. This actually really helped me, as well as harveyspecter993's advice...I found I would be really running out of time for the last two passages which made me miss a lot of really easy points. I just did two more PTs since I made this post. Before I found I was doing a LOT of underlining, and I think this occupied too much time (spent about 3-4 mins reading but then didn't have time to properly think about the questions, especially when there were 7-8 questions for the passage). I tried just reading very quickly only and essentially avoiding underlining/making notes unless absolutely necessary and I did significantly better than I did when I made this post! Thanks so much for the advice!! Still not getting my ideal scores, but definitely an improvement I've already seen.
  4. I'm writing the June LSAT which is in almost 3 weeks now, and I've slowly been improving from mid-150s to low to mid-160s. I just wrote PT 61 yesterday though and absolutely was destroyed in RC. I was -13, my worst RC yet. I ended up with a 157 which is nowhere near what I need to be at for test day (obviously). Even though I've been improving in LR and mostly get 0 to -2 on LG, RC is really killing my scores. I'm still not improving and I feel so hopeless with such little time left. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can improve/hopeful messages to share?
  5. Yeah I was sort of worried because I've seen post on here how they've had years of volunteering experience, or have worked at a law firm, or have multiple papers they've published, it's pretty intimidating I guess. And my marks aren't given in percentages, they're given in letter grades so I used their conversion and dropped my lowest 4 half-year courses. But I saw there was a site that people used to convert grades to the UBC GPA and that spat out a different number then when I manually calculated it.
  6. I just graduated last June and am planning to apply to UofT, UBC, and Queens. My GPA is decent: cGPA: 3.76 B3 (UofT): 3.88 L2 (Queens): 3.95 Lowest 4 Credits Dropped (UBC): 85.1% (not too sure if this calculation is correct) I'm writing the LSAT for the first time in June and my diagnostic was in the low 160s (can't remember it exactly) so I think I should be able to get at least a 167. I'm sort of worried about whether my ECs are good enough though...I was a Don for three years and did quite a few mentorship roles as well but other than that I wasn't part of any clubs and don't have any publications. The past year I've been working (non-legal work) and I'm starting volunteering soon since I have extra hours in the week. I know some of it comes down to how well I can really sell the experience I've had in my PS but any thoughts/recommendations on my chances for those schools with the ECs I have?
  7. Thanks so much for the advice!
  8. I've decided to write the June LSAT and I know the deadline is sometime in April but do spots fill up before then? Any suggestions on good locations to write in Toronto? Thanks in advance.