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Hello,

I will be applying next year to McGill Law with a GPA of 3.92, but I don't know if my extracurriculars are good or just average. So I have done a consulting job for a local NGO that provides French and English classes to new immigrants. Me and my team developed a plan to help them sustain their operations after their increase in the student base. I also have volunteered in Africa for two months in helping poor people. I have a small executive role in the debate team of my university. Finally, I have more than 50 hours of volunteering for various organizations, mostly with a women's empowerment organization (I am a man). So are these considered to be good ECs or just average? Thank you I appreciate anyone who takes the time to answer!

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These are actually amazing ECs! I think you have a chance especially with your high GPA

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"Amazing" is overstating it.  They are good ECs.  I probably wouldn't refer to them as "poor people" in my personal statement.

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4 minutes ago, ProfReader said:

"Amazing" is overstating it.  They are good ECs.  I probably wouldn't refer to them as "poor people" in my personal statement.

My first reaction too.

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Those seem like good ECs, yes. Make sure you tie them in to your letter. I would start with something about the NGO and how you have seen either how the law does or doesn't extend to new immigrants. I used this tactic after volunteering at a sexual assault resource centre and I think it worked well.

My ECs were similar and I have been accepted. I know 2 people who worked for the UN that have not been accepted though. 

I didn't mention my time in Africa because I was a bit afraid it would be perceived as a "voluntourism" trip. I would caution you in terms of that. Just try not to sound like you have a white saviour complex. With your GPA you are obviously smart so this may be evident to you but a lot of people write their letters in a way where they list their ECs. Instead, try to say what those things made you learn or observe about how the law is applied. 

Good luck! 

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