I'm not harbouring any illusions of applying to U of T. I am, however, still holding on to a shred of hope that Osgoode may remain a possibility, if a remote one. After Oz, the list follows: Ottawa, Queen's and Windsor - in that order. Mediocre cGPA: Owing mostly to a train-wreck first 2 years (OLSAS GPA 3.1). At this time, I struggled with debilitating anxiety (diagnosed), which virtually kept me from leaving my bedroom during daylight hours. This anxiety was/is unrelated to academic stress. That notwithstanding, it had a decisive impact on my school performance. I do have documentation corroborating the general anxiety disorder, however, this consists of 1. my initial diagnosis 2 years prior to my enrollment in uni and 2. a second diagnosis, followed by the prescription of medication to manage my anxiety long-term 2 years following my undergraduate graduation.
Following my dismal opening effort, I transferred to a more 'prestigious' university with a reputation for academic rigour. Here, my combined OLSAS GPA from 3rd year to graduation was 3.87. OLSAS B3 GPA: 3.91 Misc. Academic Achievement: 'advanced' independent international field research in final year of undergrad, the research paper yielded from this research was later published in a student journal, hold a Master of Arts, received slightly more than a handful of merit-based scholarships, research funding, conference grants, designations etc. (Most notably: SSHRC CGS Master's funding and a top-up fellowship I was nominated for, unbeknownst to me, by my graduate department). I presented at 3 symposia/colloquia during my Master's studies, as well as 1 bonafide state-side conference some months after my graduation.
Med-strong Softs: interned as a student-teacher/mentor at an international school, assisting with their post-graduate professional development program serving students from socio-politically disenfranchised communities, volunteered in a similar capacity for secondary students, volunteered as a campaign administrator for a Toronto city councillor bid. 1-year TAship, 1-summer RA ship: worked as a field-researcher on a project tasked with yielding data to support a claim heard in the Ontario Superior Court, worked full-time on a 5-month contract for a leading Canadian law firm in downtown Toronto: work consisted of data-entry and organization of claimant profiles in database.
So, is it time I lay my dream of Oz to rest?
Also, would it be worth me writing an addendum (part B) to address my middling cGPA/First 2 GPA; elucidating the broader context of an anomalous spike in anxiety? I could discuss it as a learning experience, whereafter, I adopted effective coping strategies which allowed me to succeed academically in my later years? Or, would my supporting documentation be deemed inadequate to substantiate this (wholly genuine and accurate) narrative?
Apologies for the long post. Any insights or suggestions provided will be deeply appreciated; even if that entails stomaching some hard truths.
Thanks for reading!