I'm a high school senior and my top choice is Barnard. I'm applying ED and have already done an interview and sat in on a class. The only problem is that my GPA is significantly below their standards. This is due to family/health issues that I did explain in the additional information section of the application, but I'm really worried that it's just not acceptable. Is there any way I can make sure Barnard knows how much I want to go there and that my abilities are above my high school GPA without sounding like a whiny teenager?