Is there a point during the application process to explain personal circumstances which affected your grades one semester? I have two Fs on my transcript from Fall semester, 2003. My fiance died 3/4 of the way through the semester from a congenital disease, and I was away from school for several weeks. I managed to have one F (physics) converted to a W, but the other two departments wouldn't permit it. The two classes with extant Fs are both 100 level introductory classes. It has lowered my GPA by ~.3 points. Does anyone know if/when during the app process there's an opportunity to present personal details explaining anomalous performace during one semester? Is it appropriate to write a note explaining as much? Should that be part of the PS? Separate from? Thanks for any insight.