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Address GPA in optional essay? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2013, 15:37
Hello,

My undergrad CPA is 6.6/10 (Indian applicant from an OK university and passed out in 2007). My splits for the four years are 6.5, 7.4, 6.2,6.0.
But later, I did my Masters from a reputable public university in the USA and scored 3.6. Do you guys think I should address the decrease in my undergrad GPA after my second year? I do have legitimate reasons for the decrease.

Do you think I should address this issue?

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Hey there,

It really depends on what the legitimate reasons are. They would have to be rather significant to explain a multi-year downward trajectory.

If you do, however, then yes, you should address it. Just be careful how you do it - you don't want to make excuses. You want to provide context.

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Re: Address GPA in optional essay? [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2013, 16:23
Thanks for the advice, +1!

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Re: Address GPA in optional essay? [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2013, 16:57
On a related note, on one of the main essays, I am talking about the challenges i faced during college. Do I have to reintroduce those challenges in the optional essay, or can I just cut right to the chase?

So, if I've already introduced and talked about "X" in the main essay, can I just say, "Due to X, my GPA went down" vs telling them what 'X" is all over again?

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Re: Address GPA in optional essay? [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2013, 00:44
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Always cut to the chase. Always always.

But do write the reason again. Meaning don't refer to another essay through text - "In essay xx I wrote about". Just write it again, but much briefer.

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Re: Address GPA in optional essay? [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2013, 20:09
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I agree with Jon here - cut to the chase but make sure you always tell them what you're about to tell them.

On an another note - be very careful if you're selecting hardships faced during college for an essay topic. I'm not saying it's not a good topic but without knowing more I would caution you to make sure you've really gone through the brainstorming process thoroughly.

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