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Terrible Final Semester GPA

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New post 15 Jan 2018, 15:54
Should I write the optional essay to explain a DOWNRIGHT awful last semester GPA. Below are my stats:

1. GMAT = 720(48Q, 41V)
2. Boston College, GPA 3.0 on the dot, Economics Major and History Minor
3. Job Experience: 2.5 Years at Top Boutique consulting firm focusing on consulting E&P companies.
4. List of Schools I have applied to: Darden, Mccombs, Mcdonough, Keenan Flagler, Tepper, Owen.

So all my applications are in and I reached out to each school saying I was really struggling with if I should write the optional essay. They all responded that if you believe you have something else to add to your application they would love to hear it. So long story short see below for my break down of my GPA per semester:

Fall 2011:
2.866(Received a D in Statistics)

Spring 2012:

Fall 2012:

Spring 2013:

Fall 2013:
Study Abroad at Saint Andrews. Grades did not transfer but credits did (A-, B+, B+,B-, C+)

Spring 2014:

Fall 2014:

Spring 2015:
1.864 (This included a D+ in Financial Economics, a C in Environmental Economics, and a C- in Public Finance)

Overall my GPA, is low but not abysmal in my mind but that last semester is just BRUTAL. To be totally honest it was a mixture of a few things:
1. My grandmother was dying(All 3 of my other grandparents had passed away and my dad passed away when I was 3)
2. I became totally obsessed with investing and focused more on this than academics, started my own investing blog, just fell in love with it.
3. My mom shattered the bottom 3 bones of her spine and was confined to a bed for 3 months and a walked for 6 months. Thank god 3 years later she has been able to return to normal activity although at times with pain.
4. I just went out to much, was not mature enough, and did not understand the long term consequences a terrible semester like this could have.

Can Someone please give advice... really desperate.
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New post 16 Jan 2018, 13:21
Hi. Welcome to GMAT Club,

Sorry to hear about your last semester/year in Undergrad - i would absolutely address it in an optional essay since schools pay a lot of attention to the GPA and this would otherwise be a red flag. I would put it as a situation of competing priorities and you only had so much time - your priority was family and while you probably should have take a semester off, you wanted to graduate ASAP and not be in the limbo situation.

This is not unusual - happens to quite a few folks. You can search around GMAT Club for other situations/stories.
Definitely write the optional essay and good luck!
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