declared p/f in genetics when I ended up with a B, got C in gen chem 2 in the same semester

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Sep 28, 2019
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general background:
- bio major
- 3rd year undergrad (planning to take 1-2 gap years)
- 3.5cGPA (upward trend)
- anticipated graduation date: winter 2022

Summary:

I'm really worried about my spring 2020 grades. I was going through a lot of personal stress that semester (pre- covid and when covid hit in march). My college decided to allow students to pick pass/fail for any class that they chose to. However, declaring so is an irreversible decision and according to the policy, you could only make this decision before knowing your final grade (basically felt like a gamble). I thought I was going to end up with a C/D in genetics but I surprisingly did well and ended up with a B. However, I was taking gen chem ii that same semester, anticipating a B but actually ended up with a C :( This is really unfortunate as my C in gen chem ii was taken into account and my genetics grade was not. On my transcript, alongside other grades, my genetics grade looks I'm masking a D (my pre- health advisor agreed as well).

Fortunately, I did well last fall (grades- wise) but I am worried if my genetics grade will distract from the fact that I took it as a pass, even if with an overall upward trend on my transcript. When I apply to medical schools, is it appropriate to bring up my genetics grade (given that the cause of my performance in spring 2020 was due to personal circumstances and a lot of uncertainties due to covid) or should I just ignore it and move forward?

Would appreciate any insight!
 
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It's one semester, do well in those that are remaining.

When I apply to medical schools, is it appropriate to bring up my genetics grade (given that the cause of my performance in spring 2020 was due to personal circumstances and a lot of uncertainties due to covid) or should I just ignore it and move forward?

Never, ever bring attention to a negative. Attempts at explaining thigs in essays simply come off as excuses.
 
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