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Help with Appealing Academic Dismissal

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Replies to: Help with Appealing Academic Dismissal

  • aunt beaaunt bea Registered User Posts: 9,800 Senior Member
    Good luck! Let us know when you get in!
  • KMstar1KMstar1 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    I have edited the 2nd and 3rd paragraph. Is this edit better than the other one?
    Dear xxxxxxxx,
    My name is xxxxxx, a sophomore student who has been dismissed after the fall semester of 2015. When I was notified that I had become dropped as a student, I knew I had no one to blame but myself. Although my reasons were not due to any physical reasons, I urge you to give me one more chance to prove myself as the diligent student I know I can be.
    During my freshman year and first semester of my sophomore year, the main reason for my failure in class was not attending lectures and discussions. I was naïve and arrogant. I had thought passing exams was so important that it would outweigh everything else. For example, in general education classes such as Intro to Psychology and Intro to Sociology suffered by dropping from an A grade to a C grade because of my lackluster effort in attendance.
    My academic dismissal has allowed me to think about why I want to stay to stay in school and why I want to succeed. I thought about what I really want to do in the future and have realized that I have a strong passion to help those who are sick due to lack of medication. My goals is to study biology and fully prepare myself to pursue pharmacy once I graduate from this University.
    It would mean everything to graduate from this university because I have grown to love this university. I know I have the study skills to achieve good grades in college. I also know that due to my academic set back, there are many steps I need to take in order to achieve my goal. If I am readmitted to this university, I will follow through with the plan of retaking English and physics in the spring semester. I will do whatever it takes to receive a B or higher in all of my classes. By doing so, my accumulated GPA will be higher than a 2.0.
    I will ensure these grades by visiting the walk in tutor hours my university provides in English, Mathematics, and Physics. I will also list my name in the free tutoring sessions in Mathematics and Physics offered by the university numerous times a week in order to fully understand the concepts taught in lecture. I will also be on task of every assignment by organizing myself and listing everything on a google calendar. I will attend every lecture and discussion with the intent and determination to learn regardless of any excuse. Finally, I will visit my professors and my academic advisor frequently to always know how I am currently standing in terms of my grade. I hope you can take this into consideration and allow me to continue my education at xxxxxx.
    Sincerely,
    xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 9,266 Senior Member
    "...were not due to any physical reasons..." I would just leave out this whole line. Get to the point, you want them to reconsider. Express regret right away: "I deeply regret my actions and urge you to give me another chance..."

    "For example, in general education, classes..." Needs a comma.

    "It would mean everything to graduate from ______, because I have grown to love this university." Try to avoid using the word university twice in a sentence.

    In your final paragraph, don't use the word "also" repetitively, it flows better to just say "I will...."

    Last paragraph "...frequently, to always..." Get rid of "always", it is redundant.

    Last line should be more forceful, IMO. Rather than say "I hope you can take..." I think you should use a little emotion, as at this point, you have nothing to lose. Try "I implore you to please take this letter into consideration, and I fervently hope you will consider reinstating me." If you can't bear that, maybe say "I respectfully request that you take everything I have written into consideration, and know that I am very sorry for my actions. Being reinstated at _____ is the most important thing in the world to me."

    I do think you should say you are sorry, anyway.

    Can you retake any classes in the summer at community college? If so, consider that, and state it. Any chance you had a good rapport with any teacher? Maybe an employer or someone in the community? Perhaps they can also write a letter in support of you. If so, get a letter asap and submit it at the same time.

    I wish you luck, I can tell this is eating you up. If it helps at all, I was once put on academic probation while in college. It was a BIG wake up and helped me get back on track, and while it took me 6 years to graduate, it was worth it in the end.

    If this all fails, go back to CC, get great grades, and transfer when you can. probably the classes you passed are worth something somewhere, so maybe it will turn out better than you expected. I ended up having credits from CC, and four colleges on my final transcript. Not because I was kicked out, but I also took summer courses, etc,..at nearby colleges. You can do it. You are young, and I know it is hard to think of the future, but you will be fine if you stick with it and graduate. Try not to beat yourself up too much. What is done is done, now you have to move on and work with what you are given. Your future does not have to be determined by this incident. Be strong, good luck!
  • KMstar1KMstar1 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Are there any parts I can fix? I plan on sending this letter soon. Hopefully I can get reinstated.
    Dear xxxxxxxxx,
    My name is xxxxxx, a sophomore student who has been dismissed after the fall semester of 2015. When I was notified that I had become dropped as a student, I knew I had no one to blame but myself. I urge you to give me one more chance to prove myself as the diligent student I know I can be.
    During my freshman year and first semester of my sophomore year, the main reason for my failure in class was not attending lectures and discussions. I was naïve and arrogant. I had thought passing exams was so important that it would outweigh everything else. For example, in general education classes, such as Intro to Psychology and Intro to Sociology suffered by dropping from an A grade to a C grade because of my lackluster effort in attendance.
    My academic dismissal has allowed me to think about why I want to stay to stay in school and why I want to succeed. I thought about what I really want to do in the future and have realized that I have a strong passion to help those who are sick due to lack of medication. My goals is to study biology and fully prepare myself to pursue pharmacy once I graduate from this University.
    It would mean everything to graduate from this xxxxx because I have grown to love this university. I know I have the study skills to achieve good grades in college. I also know that due to my academic set back, there are many steps I need to take in order to achieve my goal. If I am readmitted to this university, I will follow through with the plan of retaking English and Chemistry in the spring semester. I will do whatever it takes to receive a B or higher in all of my classes. By doing so, my accumulated GPA will be higher than a 2.0.
    I will ensure these grades by visiting the walk in tutor hours my university provides in English, Mathematics, and Chemistry. I will list my name in the free tutoring sessions in Mathematics and Chemistry offered by the university numerous times a week in order to fully understand the concepts taught in lecture. I will be on task of every assignment by organizing myself and listing everything on a google calendar. I will attend every lecture and discussion with the intent and determination to learn regardless of any excuse. I will visit my professors and my academic advisor frequently to know how I am currently standing in terms of my grade. Finally, I will retake Physics and take additional classes to improve my overall GPA. I implore you to take this letter into consideration and I fervently hope you will consider reinstating me to this university.
    Sincerely,
    xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • 1203southview1203southview Registered User Posts: 464 Member
    I think it reads better with a stronger ending with Lindagaf's suggestions put in place. I would just change this:
    "For example, in general education classes, such as Intro to Psychology and Intro to Sociology suffered by dropping from an A grade to a C grade because of my lackluster effort in attendance." to adding the words "my grades" before ....suffered by dropping. Good luck!
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,904 Forum Champion
    You didn't do well Freshman year and continued to make the same mistakes sophomore year. Why didn't you learn anything then? why will this time be different?
  • KMstar1KMstar1 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    @bopper in the past, i didn't learn anything because I never took the time to reflect why I was making my mistakes. I never tried to understand why I was failing and I just kept telling myself "I'll just do better on my exams next time". However, I failed to realize attendance was the biggest reason why I kept failing. For example, in my Anthropology class, my exam scores were a 68%, 84% and a 86%. My average exam scores were a 79.3%, yet my overall grade was a 71. This exact thing had actually happened in 4 out of my 9 possible classes.
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 9,266 Senior Member
    @KMstar1 ,that is great news!!! I am happy for you. If you find yourself struggling again, take advantage of everything your school can offer, and you can always look for support here on CC.
  • 1203southview1203southview Registered User Posts: 464 Member
    Wow, that is fantastic! So happy for you.... make the most of it!
  • aunt beaaunt bea Registered User Posts: 9,800 Senior Member
    Congrats!!!
    Now, go get the books, for your classes, on Amazon!
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,904 Forum Champion
    Make sure to:
    1) Go to Professor's office hours early in the semester. Ask this question: "I know this is a really difficult class-- what are some of the common mistakes students make and how can I avoid them?"

    2) If you have problems with the homework, go to Prof's office hours. If they have any "help sessions" or "study sessions" or "recitations" or any thing extra, go to them.

    3) Form a study group with other kids in your dorm/class.

    4) Don't do the minimum...for STEM classes do extra problems. You can buy books that just have problems for calculus or physics or whatever. Watch videos on line about the topic you are studying.

    5) Go to the writing center if you need help with papers/math center for math problems (if they have them)

    6) If things still are not going well, get a tutor.

    7) Read this book: How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less by Cal Newport. It helps you with things like time management and how to figure out what to write about for a paper, etc.
    8) Attend class!!!
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