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Failing grade - what to do?

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Failing grade - what to do? [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2006, 11:39

In my first year of graduate studies (MS), I got a failing grade. However, thereafter I consistently got 'A's and managed to graduate with a 3+ GPA. Do I need to document this failure and the reasons, etc in the optional essays at Kellogg or UC? FYI, I am planning to apply for the part-time programs.
Also, can you give examples of what can be written in an optional essay? What does the Admissions Committee look for?

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!
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You definitely want to explain the grade somewhere in your application. Just briefly explain what happened, and then emphasize the positive (the fact that you earned much better grades later on). You can use the optional essay for this.

However, if you've got something else that you really want to use theoptional essay for (e.g., writing about an important hobby or achievement that didn't fit neatly into another essay), then use the optional essay for the "positive" story that will help make your app more interesting. In this case, you can submit the explanation for your grade in a separate, BRIEF letter.



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