I'm a CEGEP applicant who received an interview in April and was rejected soon after. I applied with a 35.1 R-Score (above the average). My CV was really good, and I believe my references were good too. I'm assuming the reason why I got rejected was that my personal statement was probably not as strong as those of other applicants, and also my interview did not go so well. However, I didn't think my interview was so bad that they would reject me; I thought I would get waitlisted. My rejection letter was pretty generic (didn't tell me what was particularly wrong with my application, just told me to re-apply in the future).
I came across a post on here of a rejected university applicant who called the admissions office to find out more on why he/she was rejected, and he/she was given some advice and tips on how to improve their application. I tried calling the admissions office to get a more specific answer as to why I was rejected (e.g. was it my personal statement or solely the interview?), but I was told that they couldn't tell me anything about it.
I'm really devasted. I'm considering re-applying as a CEGEP candidate next March (while I'm in my first year of university), and so I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice on how to improve my application (particularly my personal statement) and if they know anything about the likelihood of me getting in. Please don't write to simply answer the questions "Why Law," "Why You," and "Why McGill," because I did that and it wasn't good enough. I would appreciate more specific tips.
I'm also considering applying when I'm almost done my undergraduate degree, but I would much rather try to get into McGill's law school earlier than that if possible.
Another thing... was it weird that I was never asked a French question during my interview? I'm an Anglo, btw. I provided some indicators in my application that I'm pretty good in French, but I've talked to Francophone CEGEP candidates who were asked French questions during their interview (along with questions in English)... I've been sad thinking how this may have been one of the reasons why I was rejected. The admissions office first told me that it was mandatory for professors to ask French questions, and later said it wasn't when I told him/her that I was never asked any French questions 😕 Ngl, the person I was speaking to seemed really confused and was contradicting everything he/she was saying, so if you guys know anyone else I could contact for help at McGill, please let me know.
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.