Originally Posted by moneyphd
Ugh. That's what I was afraid of. My CV is very strong, but it feels like I have to apply to less desirable programs now, programs that aren't the best fit. I'm a little confused about what to do, and also whether to try to explain the grades in my essays or elsewhere in the APPI.
Did you get any more C's after you first year? Does your program have a good match rate overall?
If your CV is very strong, just make sure you apply to range of sites in terms of competitiveness and geography. I still would focus on fit since i believe its more important to the site than your transcript.
Consult with your DCT about whether you should explain your grades. She may know of other students who matched with similar issues. I would not personally write about this in my essays. When it comes down to interviews, just make sure you have a mature and effective response when they ask you about it.