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"Less-than-stellar grade notwithstanding, I am a firm believer that academic results do not accurately reflect one’s actual abilities and life skills."
Is this usage of notwithstanding used appropriately? I want to convey that i'm a firm beliver that academic results don't accurately reflect one's ability despite the fact that I do not have straight As results and i'm not using that as an "excuse". I'm writing a college application letter right now.
Appreciate any help I can get, thank you! :)
1. "Despite my less than stellar grades, I am a firm believer that grades don't reflect ability."
But the sentence is illogical. It would be more appropriate to use that if you grades were stellar.
2. "My stellar grades nothwithstanding, I firmly believe that grades don't reflect ability." That is, "Despite the fact that my own grades are very good, I still don't believe that grades reflect ability."
There is nothing "notwithstanding" about your original clause.
Also, if you're honestly writing a college application, I'd suggest you capitalise and punctuate where appropriate, and not draw undue attention to your grades - notwithstanding that you, personally, don't find them important. It won't help you.