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Feeling stuck (another "what are my chances" post)

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Hi guys, I know lots of people have been posting these already so I was hoping to get some feedback as well. 

I just finished my 4th year of UG and I decided to do a 5th year to bump up my GPA.

For reference, my GPA is:
1st year GPA: 3.52 
2nd year: 3.74
3rd year: 3.79 
4th year: 3.83
UofT wGPA: 3.86
Queens (2YGPA): 3.81
MCAT 1st try: 504 (127/122/128/127); Retake: 510 (130/125/126/129) 

Although my GPA trend shows an upward trend, it wasn't ever a great improvement to 3.9+ so it sucks I kind of plateaued there, but hopefully I can get at least a 3.9 in my 5th year if I really just focus on school. I think my ECs are a bit average too: 
- lots of volunteering experience with science outreach for kids, pre-med conference co-chair, volunteered with TBI patients, summer camps, doing some work with Indigenous youth as well, and just some other small club involvements 
- I did a surgery observership with a neurosurgeon for about 50 hours 
- 2 years of research experience, 1 pub (but not 1st author), 1 summer research grant, presented at a few conferences 

I'm IP for Ontario, and from GTA, so I don't fall in any of the special pools (i.e. swomen). I decided to take this summer off from MCAT and just continue research/ECs this summer but I'm afraid that I will need to retake to improve my CARS score because McMaster, Western, Alberta, and Calgary all need 128+ and then from the Queens thread, it looks like I need 515+ overall. My GPA is also still too low for Ottawa, so that is not an option. My only one left is UofT, but I don't think my GPA is strong enough for that. I just feel really lost in terms of where I should start to improve my application? I feel like I'm in this awkward pool since I'm falling average in everything but do you guys have any suggestions on what I can constructively do to improve? Should I retake the MCAT next summer and start working on my CARS now and throughout my 5th year to really improve? What can I do to make myself stand out in terms of ECs? (i.e. more volunteering, more shadowing, more advocacy roles??)

Thanks in advance!

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