Maruko

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When schools give us an option essay to "explain anything in your application that may help us in our review of your candidacy...", what do they want to know the most? What is appropriate to explain? What should be explained and what should not? e.g., Is it ok to explain a bad grade?
 
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Is there anything in your application that should absolutely not be reviewed without context? This is where you talk about things like death in the family, illness, or other factor that influenced grades, or something like that. You should only write something if it absolutely is necessary to do so. Explaining why you got 1 C in differential equations is not something that should go here. This is for something that is 100% necessary to add in order to contextualize the rest of your application.

If you don't have anything that fits this criteria, just leave it blank.
 

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The above is an excellent answer.

That semester of withdrawals should be explained. An IA should be explained. No letter from a key supervisor (PI) should be explained. Etc.