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Teee

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if you have a compelling reasons, then mention it. if you just partied really hard, then... i don't know. it depends on how bad ur gpa is, 3.4 and above, you don't have to mention it unless you have a compelling reason. below that, find a reason and write a sentence without making your PS all about it.

I only wrote a sentence about how i worked throughout college and struggled to maintain grades but i added at the end that i learnt time management and all that good stuff.
 

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don't do it. do not excuse your GPA. do not explain it. explain how great you are. make the PS make them want to meet you. worry about the GPA if they ask you in the interview (which they will if it's your weak point). there were 3 schools where I gave my reason for a huge dip in my GPA (and it was a damn good reason), and those 3 didn't get back to me (i withdrew from 2 in january, so i don't know if they would have in the end), but i got invited to about 15 interviews, went to 10, explained the dip in the interviews, and was accepted at 6 (withdrew from the other 4 before hearing back).
 
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Highlight positive

Do NOT highlight negative, will seem like you are making excuses.

For example, instead of saying I took hard courses and thats why my GPA is bad, say something along the lines of "my intense interest in the subject matter pushed me to repeated take more and more advanced difficult courses." (not these words exactly, but notice no mention of bad GPA)
 

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OK so my GPA is right at that cusp ... it is 3.35, and my BCPM is 3.5. I've had interviews, but no definitive luck so far. Would you think in my case that I made a mistake in not mentioning a sentence or so in terms of that? In all other respects I have a strong PS, I should add.

The real reason is immaturity and overloading my semester schedules waaay beyond the limit thinking I could make it work, so it's not like your case where you had to work and that was understandably difficult. Oh God, tell me I didn't screw myself in this process. I'm just worried because all of a sudden I've been hearing from others (other applicants/former classmates) and reading in admissions essay books that it's almost expected to do this.


if you have had interviews, then i don't think it matters that much. schools would be able to see that you overloaded your schedule and reasonably infer from that. i overloaded too, 22 -25 credits per semester. i don't think you made a mistake not mentioning it if it is obvious on ur transcripts. just send update letters with ur current grades, but if you have had interviews, then you are several steps above the PS stage.
 

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if you must mention it, be very brief (taking all responsibility). you want to demonstrate maturity, not blaming circumstances.

To compensate for a low verbal score, I mentioned in my PS that I learned to speak another language fluently just by picking it up from my parents growing up (no formal education whatsoever).

I didn't mention it in my PS, but I've been asked about a C+ in calculus II at 3 interviews. It happened my freshman year, so I was honest and told them that I didn't have any direction, didn't try as hard as I could have/should have. I agree with those above me that say you should highlight the positive. I always wrapped up my answer with something like "look how well I'm doing now."

I got into all those schools.
 
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