toxic_sci Posted January 27, 2011 Share Posted January 27, 2011 My GPA is not really good, and to be perfectly honest, I really don't have a legitimately good excuse as to why - I was just lazy. It was a huge mistake on my part, but all I can do is move forward and hope something else in my application appeals to them other than my transcript. I originally didn't even mention it in my SOP since there really is no good reason, but one of my professors told me to address it (another told me not to mention it at all). This is what I came up with (and it is all true...I didn't just make this up. It's just not really a good excuse): "When I did finally decide to change my major to chemistry in the fall of 2008, I was working 30 hours a week to keep myself in school. I had mostly only upper division classes left to complete my degree and it had been three years since my last math class. Under these circumstances, to say my road to graduation at that point was a little daunting would be an enormous understatement. I had to balance these courses commonly perceived as difficult with working five hour shifts every night of the week, and as a result, I know my GPA is no where near as good as it could have been. However, I believe working to support myself in school all the while persevering to finish my degree has made me an immensely strong person ready to take graduate school by the horns. I look at graduate school as a job, so I know there will be no outside distractions preventing me from not putting forth my best effort; I know I’ll be able to devote 100% of my focus to my research and my degree." So how does that sound? Is it smart to include that, or will I be shooting myself in the foot? Should I change something? TIA for opinions. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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