Hello bowmil, thanks for your question.
Reading your post, here’s what stuck out:
• What programs really want to know is that you can handle the coursework in the program. In your application, did you provide an analogue that is a better representation of your academic ability and potential than your GPA?
• Extracurriculars matter, especially after university. If you did not provide a solid rationale why you did not have a lot of ECs since university, that might not have played well with admissions committees.
• In your essays, did you emphasize quality of your leadership experience in and out of work? Did you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative?
Just some potential reasons – hope this helps.
Best of luck,
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