Dear Office of Admissions,
As you will note from looking at the transcript, I have earned a ‘D’ in a school course during the first semester of my fourth year in high school. By your “Conditions of Admissions”, I am not allowed to earn such a grade this grade is unsatisfactory and I understand the consequence is that I may be refused admission. However, I feel that I should explain why I obtained the grade that I got.
From my personal statement in the application, I explained that my grandmother’s death had made a significant impact in my life. I was hoping that my life would turn back to normal a couple of weeks into the school year. However, it turned out that my life had not completely turned back to “normal” yet. My grandmother’s death still lies in the hearts of my immediate family, as well as my extended family. It became a ritual to pray to my grandmother at least a couple of times every week at my grandfather’s place. As a result of having to give up some of my time to go and pray for my grandmother’s well-being each week, I was unable to visit many tutoring sessions offered by my teachers to clarify content in class. I was expecting to be able to visit my AP Biology teacher for help after school but since family gatherings were my first priority, especially for my grandmother, I was not able to go to many of my AP Biology teacher’s sessions. Ultimately, I was not able to understand the content of the course very well and therefore in the exam did worse than I expected. In the end, I was unable to get close to the grade necessary as indicated in the conditions of admissions.
That is my explanation for why I obtained such a poor grade. I apologize for not being able to follow the conditions fully. I realize that I will possibly be refused admission, but please consider what I said when making the decision. Thank you for your time in reading this and I hope to hear from you soon.