College Essay - discuss a bad grade or not?

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College Essay - discuss a bad grade or not?
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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 1:02pm

Hi everyone.

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 2:23pm
It's hard to say without knowing more. If her overall GPAis good, discussing bad grades calls more attention to them. If her GPA is hovering at or close to the minimum for acceptance, you might want to talk about them.
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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 2:42pm

Thank you for your reply.

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 3:10pm
Seems to me she should mention it. If she puts a positive spin on it, plus emphasizes her experience in the advertising field, that would look a lot better than not mentioning it. Plus the college adviser recommended it, and it's their job to steer people in the right direction. You say there may be no reason to bring attention to the grade issue, but the attention will clearly be there anyway - better to focus on what she learned from her experience with those two classes, and how it led her to the path she is now planning on pursuing.

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 3:24pm

Thank you calmamma.

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 7:54pm
I don't have any experience in this arena, but I will tell you what happens when I am interviewing candidates for a position I have open. We are required to pass a criminal background check in order to work in my field. I tell all applicants this and ask them what I will find when I get the background check back. If someone has had issues in the past, takes responsibility for them and tells me what they have learned to differently as a result of that experience I see it in one light. If they tell me there was an issue but blame it on someone else, make excuses for it, or say it was bad luck that they got caught I view it much less favorably. If they tell me they have had no problems but I later find out that they lied... not a good response from me! In other words, if the academic record is going to be out there for them to see, I think ignoring the problems entirely could have a worse effect on your dd's acceptance possibilities than if she owns up to it, puts a positive spin on it, andsays what she learned from that experience. Taking responsibility shows maturity... never a negative trait.
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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 11:50pm

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Tue, 01-24-2012 - 9:09am

Thanks for your response.

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Tue, 01-24-2012 - 9:24am

Thank you Sabrtooth, your response

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Thu, 01-26-2012 - 11:44am

We were faced w/ this kind of problem when DD got a C- in Pathophysiology, which was one of the requirements for nursing and they had to have a C in all the required classes in order to do clinical junior year.

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Fri, 01-27-2012 - 10:51am

The truth is ... dd screwed up ... we know she screwed up and she knows she screwed up.

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