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Let's talk about soft factors
« on: January 23, 2008, 05:51:48 PM »
I'm sort of unclear exactly how 'soft factors' are defined, but I take it to primarily mean work experience, involvement in clubs or other extracurriculars, volunteer work, etc. If there's more to it than that, aside from letters of recommendation and resume, please feel free to clarify.

Anyway, what are some of the various organisations/activities/etc everyone is involved in? And what soft factors are considered 'most important'? Has anyone had soft factors sway an acceptance decision in their favour, and if so, what were they? Mine are:

Resident Advisor (Resident Assistant, Prefect, whatever) for a freshmen hall
Pre-Law Society
Environmental volunteer work
Honours College (and 'mandatory volunteer work' with them)
Philosophy Club
Access Services (note-taking for disabled student)
Quizbowl
Film Club President (focused on classic foreign films dealing with political issues, IE Battleship Potemkin, Rome:  Open City, etc)
Reading Tutor (in middle school...whatever)

Next year I'm joining Mock Trial, and hopefully participating in an 'Alternative Spring Break' doing volunteer work somewhere in the US. I'm considering joining the Residence Hall Honourary as well. Any other RAs here?
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Re: Let's talk about soft factors
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2008, 12:08:02 PM »
To me, soft factors are anything other than LSAT/GPA. Great list, just one addition from me- working while in school. I worked a full time job and a part time job while finishing up my undergrad, and am hoping that it weighs in my favor. I guess I would also include things like having a professor at the school recommend you to admissions, or who your LORs come from as soft factors.

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Re: Let's talk about soft factors
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2008, 12:11:50 PM »
I will make a soft factor ranking for you:

Nobel laureate
URM - Black and Native American
Famous journalist/writer
URM - Hispanic and (sometimes Arab)
Military Service









Everything Else...

(found scientifically of course)


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Re: Let's talk about soft factors
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2008, 05:39:48 PM »
Looks like UMich's soft factor ranking list...maybe move black/indian and hispanic/arab to the top, and surely drop military service.
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Re: Let's talk about soft factors
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2008, 12:14:51 PM »
No one else?
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Re: Let's talk about soft factors
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2008, 01:06:15 PM »
I will make a soft factor ranking for you:

Nobel laureate
URM - Black and Native American
Famous journalist/writer
URM - Hispanic and (sometimes Arab)
Military Service









Everything Else...

(found scientifically of course)



Sounds about right to me.
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