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Best approaches to explaining poor grades to colleges?

Hey all, I'm a junior with some unfortunate grade dips in my transcript due to personal reasons. What's the best way to explain these situations on my college application? Any advice would be appreciated.

9 months ago

Hey there! I understand that explaining poor grades can be a bit of a challenge, but there's definitely a way to handle it gracefully. The best approach is to be open and honest about your circumstances while also highlighting your ability to overcome them and excel.

To do so, consider using the 'Additional Information' section or a supplemental essay (if the college has one) to briefly explain the personal reasons that contributed to your grade dips. It's important not to come across as making excuses, but rather as providing context for your situation. For a rough outline, you could say something like: 'During my sophomore year, I faced some health challenges that impacted my academic performance. With the support of my teachers and family, I was able to work hard and improve my grades in the following semesters.' You'll want to be a lot more specific than that, but hopefully this example gives you a general sense of the overall tone you want to shoot for.

You'll also want to emphasize your growth, resilience, and any positive developments since this challenging time, such as improved grades or extracurricular accomplishments. This can help demonstrate to admissions officers that you can handle challenges and bounce back from setbacks. Good luck!

9 months ago

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