Can I explain in my application that in my second semester of freshman year (spring 2020) my teachers doubled my grades?Answered
Basically, when lockdown hit my country, my school was not ready and they did not care. We only resumed 4 out of 18 classes that semester, meaning the teachers who actually cared. The others just doubled our first semester grades and called it a day. I did pretty bad my first semester due to a death in the family and my ED, so I had a GPA of 3.2, and in my second semester a 3.55 due to the 4-5 teachers who evaluated us. So my question is, can i explain this in my application and will they forgive my bad grades because they were totally out of my control? I improved a lot sophomore year when my school moved online and the teachers actually started doing their job. Now my GPA is is 3.77 (sophomore year).
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You could talk about this in your additional info section, or your essay. As long as you do so, I wouldn't worry as much especially since you made that improvement in your sophomore year.
Admission officers like to see growth and improvement when it comes to this kind of stuff rather than excuses. So as long as you make up for it, which you kind of did, you're most likely fine.
So schools look positively on an upward trend in gades. Additionally it never hurts to say xyz happened BUT never never say teachers were bad that would halve your chances in an instant.
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