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  1. Hi all, I am looking to apply for the upcoming 2022 cycle. Just a trigger warning for those that care, I do talk about abuse here. My current GPA stats are as follows: cGPA: 3.30 L2: 3.56 B2: 3.58 My LSAT is a 170 Goal Schools: UBC, UofT, Osgoode, Dal, Queens, UofA Obviously, my GPA is not very good. No matter how you cut it, it sucks. I have a few questions for the forum about it and I'm looking for any advice on the topic. My explanation for GPA is that, while in my first year and still a teenager, I was the victim of sexual assault. It's taken a long time for me to come to terms with things emotionally, as well as legally. I have been bounced around from interview rooms to court rooms and back again for almost 4 years for a case which was tried in across the country (I'm in Ontario, the assault took place on the west coast), all the while working 30hrs to keep myself debt free and to finish my degree. My best year I had an aGPA of 3.80, and it was the only year where I wasn't in court or being interviewed by lawyers/police all the time, and when I had access to on-campus supports. The process of having to live through trauma over and over again, all the wile not being able to afford/access services to cope, and being flown across the country, was a huge drain on my academics. Other than my best year (w/ a GPA of 3.80), I never actually did full-time studies and finished in 5 yrs. I had no family/friend supports, because I didn't want anyone to know... everything I've done has been on my own to stay afloat. If I had taken time off of school to deal with this, I would only just now be starting my undergrad... Is this history something which an admissions committee would care about? Is this something which I would discuss in a personal statement? Personally, I don't think they care. I'm used to my on experience on-campus for undergrad while dealing with this, and the admin was not helpful at all. I am now in a position to do upgrading, as the aforementioned problem finally seems to be coming to an end at the end of the summer with a judicial decision impending. So with that in mind, my next step is academic upgrading. What's the best option for academic upgrading? I'd like to do it as quick as possible, but should I go for a graduate degree, or just return for more undergrad work? Does it look bad if I do 1yr of upgrading, apply, and if rejected do another year of upgrading? For undergraduate upgrading, should I make sure that I'm only doing upper-year courses? Is it better to enrol in another degree, or just do open-studies? Any advice on the GPA and what I should do to improve it would be very much appreciated. My dream is UofT or Osgoode, but I know they're competitive. Thanks
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