Medical Should I discuss these red flags in secondary essays?

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Jun 11, 2010
Somewhere west of St. Louis
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I didn’t do well in my science courses in undergrad many years ago.

I have 3 F's. 1 F in biology because I chose not to take the final exam. 1 F in biology at another school that I dropped early but not officially so they gave me an F. 1 F in a foreign language course that was study abroad that I dropped before the course began, but again because it wasn’t dropped officially, they gave me an F.

Should I be explaining these red flags in my secondary essays? What should I say since two of them were not deserved?
I'm having trouble following that you got an F because you didn't drop a course officially. My gut reaction was that it was your responsibility to make sure you did all the official paperwork.

Do not explain anything unless specifically asked.

Explanations usually end up coming across as excuses.
Oct 14, 2011
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So you didn't withdraw after your drop-add period either? You have to own that and take your medicine. It does come off as an excuse, and for me not knowing the process after your first F is your issue.

Unless specifically prompted, I agree with a no vote. But you don't put yourself in a good position with your argument.
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