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  1. I may be wrong about whether the incoming class average is 90% as a whole (which is why I said correct me if I'm wrong), I can't find averages of the entire incoming class anywhere right now. I have heard this in a few places and think I read it in a McLeans university guidebook when I was choosing a school for undergrad, but I don't have this info with me so I understand if you won't take my word for it. Regardless, the entrance averages do vary significantly from school to school! This is just factually correct information. https://admission.uoguelph.ca/canadian/cutoffs high 70s to low 80s compared with low-mid 80s for the same programs. Guelph is a pretty mid-tier school in terms of competitiveness though, the gaps are bigger at other places. This may not seem like a massive difference, but it's comparable to the difference between a 3.6 and a 3.8, which is a relevant enough difference for law school admissions. If you are graded on a similar curve at every school, you'll have a better GPA at the one with less competitive peers. Ah yes, the classic, illogical **personal attack**!! :0 This is absolutely irrelevant. Firstly, because I'm talking about the caliber of students in undergrad, not law school. Secondly, if you read my posts at all you would know that I'd like to stay in Toronto for personal reasons and my lack of excitement about my offer from western has nothing to do with the quality of the school.
  2. I'm only stating fact - the entrance averages are considerably different at different schools. Every school has a high entrance average for specialized programs like business and engineering. But the average of the incoming class of the entire student body at Queen's/Western is approximately 90%. Not every program at every school is the same level of difficulty. That's why U of T considers it and uses stats to determine how successful you are likely to be if you come from a certain school/program. I'm not saying that ALL the smart kids go to western, but a lot of them do. That's simply true - look at their entrance averages. Idk how you guys are disputing this? Do you honestly think that an A at Nipissing is equivalent to an A at Western/Queen's? Based on what?
  3. Entry requirements are one thing, but you can meet the requirements and still not get into a school. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm fairly sure the entrance average for Queen's and Western out of highschool is 90%. Which is higher than most other schools. Even if they are competitive simply because everyone wants to go get drunk at Western/Queens, the bar is raised for admissions. I'm not saying that a degree from Guelph is worth less than a degree from Western, I'm sure you get a great education at either school. However, I think that the same person would come out of Guelph with a higher grade than what they would've got from Western because they are competing in a less competitive arena (assuming that highschool grades are a reasonable indicator of ability). If grade distributions are relatively the same across schools, yet the smartest high school students are concentrated at certain ones - I don't see how it can be equally hard to get an A at each school.
  4. I don't think the diagnostic means as much as people say it does. Please do not be diacouraged!!! Did you take the diagnostic timed? If so, how many questions were you unable to answer? My diagnostic was also around a 141. I was not prepared for the speed at which I needed to move through the questions so the diagnostic was a total shitshow. It took about 2-3 months of study time to get myself to a 169 on test day.
  5. No typos. The 169 is from December.. So maybe that has something to do with it. My PS isn't the greatest thing I've ever written (given the word count and question restraints), but I really don't feel like I butchered it... I had a few people read it over and they didn't see any issues. I'm not sure what the problem is, but I'm getting pretty nervous.
  6. I feel you... Been in queue since Nov 24 😔 CGPA: 3.75 LSAT: 169
  7. I appreciate that you've taken the time to share you experience, but I'm not sure it can be generalized across all relationships. I think its a stretch to say that anxiety about having to separate stems from secret fears that its not a good match. I think that I have found a really good match. However, it probably would be productive to consider the source/s of this anxiety and address it. You've certainly given me some food for thought.
  8. That's actual advice, thank-you.
  9. Thank you for sharing some tips, I guess it's time to take up a hobby!
  10. Neither do I . That's why I started this thread in hopes of finding ways to ease my anxiety. Lots of people have been very helpful in responding with strategies that worked for them when they were in a similar situation. I am not arguing for eternal anxiety over here. Feeling anxious sucks. That being said, I don't think that "don't be anxious, its not helpful" is groundbreaking advice. This may surprise you, but I already figured that one out myself. While sharing that you survived a similar experience was more helpful, the way you did so was pretty condescending (like come on- you've got to acknowledge that instead of pretending you just gifted me with the most thoughtful, precious advice).
  11. By starting this thread, I really didn't intend to make this a space to complain about my problems or to come come across as ignorant of the very real struggles that many law students experience - so I'm sorry if it seemed that way. I am truly just having trouble dealing with the anxiety of waiting to get a response from a school I SO badly want to get into and have worked so hard for. I'm sure many other people on this forum are too. There are a hundred other factors contributing to this anxiety aside from the prospect of living away from my partner, but that's a big one. Whether people on this forum think that anxiety is valid or not is irrelevant to whether that anxiety will continue to exist. I think this is something a LOT of applicants experience and I think that supporting eachother and providing relevant strategies to stay sane during this process is a good thing.
  12. Ok Once again, I don't really understand how "other people survive worse/commute further/are single" type rhetoric is a relevant response to what I said. I said that living apart from my partner would cause me added stress (as I'm sure it would cause any other person moving away from their SO). Why do people feel the need to invalidate people's struggles for not being the worst possible struggle out there? I'm sorry if your long-distance relationship involves a greater distance than Toronto - London. I'm sure that sucks. Secondly, I only brought up my relationship in the first place because I was asked why I was so anxious about getting into Osgoode or UofT. I'm not here to complain about the possibility of shifting into a long-term relationship, I was simply answering a question. I did not ask for relationship advice, nor do I need it. I am sure I would survive in London and I am sure I could make it "on my own" in law school. Frankly, some of these responses are extremely condescending and not remotely helpful.
  13. I understand this, but is it naive to think that I'm somewhat cream of the crop myself? I know the admissions cycle is long but my GPA is above Osgoode's median, and my LSAT is significantly above it. Which makes me worry about what my problem is?? There has got to be a glaring red flag on my application. Do I have a bad reference?? Did I puke onto my personal statement???? Looking at last years accepted threads I didn't see anyone with similar stats to me get accepted this late in the cycle.
  14. Thanks to everyone who has responded. I really appreciate it. Although my numbers look good, I think that is making me even more stressed because I'm thinking that there's something wrong with my personal statement or that they don't think I'll contribute to a well rounded/diverse class. I'm definitely overthinking it. I am going to try to take your advice and stay off this forum for a while (although it is pretty addicting). Hopefully I will hear something soon 😊 Thank you again to everyone who took the time to respond! You're all great.
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