- Economic refugee - grew up in Middle East, went to military school (pushups in the desert), emigrated to Canada at age 12
Got thrown out of six high schools in Canada (does this count as a soft?)
Scratched and clawed my way back into a decent institution (University of New Orleans for a year, then University of Toronto)
Worked at the economic development organization of post-Katrina New Orleans on some reasonably impressive projects
Worked at Canada's largest tech consultancy as a business analyst
Mentored at-risk youth in Canada's toughest urban neighbourhoods
Founded a web development company operating in three geographies (New Orleans, Toronto and India). It failed
Worked under professorial supervision at Univ. of Toronto to write a real interesting counterterrorism policy paper
Worked as a research analyst for the G8 Research Group, an independent G8 watchdog jointly founded by Oxford & U of Toronto
Currently taking a year off to work as a policy analyst for a social-managerial NGO in India that executes development projects funded by the UNDP, World Bank etc.
My grades dipped in year 3 due to the suicide of a close friend but I'm not sure if mentioning this willl even help. Trying to get into the upper half of the t14 (aren't we all)... what are my realistic options?