sfh09 Posted July 12, 2012 Share Posted July 12, 2012 I know that having advanced reading skills in a foreign language (or two) is a requirement of many (most? all?) English programs. This concerns me because while I'm proficient at reading and writing Italian (which I took in high school and did my undergrad proficiency requirement in), my undergraduate grades barely reflect that. I got a C and a C+ in the two semesters I had to take in undergrad not because I can't read or write the language--I actually can do both quite well--but because I struggle with a bad case of generalized anxiety disorder that makes it difficult to speak in front of a class in English and therefore extremely difficult for me to do so in a second language. Participation, oral presentations, and oral exams were worth 30% in each of the semesters I took Italian in college. I considered applying for accommodations from the university but this was during the second semester of my freshman year and the first semester of my sophomore year and I really just wanted to get the requirement out of the way (applying for accommodations would have delayed it for a semester or two). I also didn't have a therapist at the time and was trying to work through my anxiety and depression without professional help, which was stupid and immature (and is a whole other issue). What I'm wondering is how bad this is in terms of admissions to English MA or PhD programs. Obviously, having Cs on my transcript is not ideal--and it's worse because it's in an area that's part of the graduate programs I'm interested in, right? I realize how competitive admissions are. Is this the sort of thing that will make adcoms take one look at my transcript and just toss out my file? I'm not really looking for only reassurance or conformation of my fears, despite how the first two paragraphs sounded. Is there anything I should do to make it not look as bad? What would help? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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