Hi guys, I'm in the midst of writing my SAP appeal for my university. I'm really not a strong writer, any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I really want my point to get across. Thanks, guys!
"Dear Financial Aid Appeals Committee,
I have been a student at Virginia Commonwealth University since Fall of 2016. During my first semester at VCU, I struggled heavily with achieving academic success. My anxiety and depression overtook my daily life. My home life was unbearable. I was living with six other adults including myself in a 1,200 square foot home while dealing with a toxic grandmother that made life miserable if everything wasn’t her way. I was also working a full-time job for the first month and a half of my first semester at VCU. The management at my job failed to schedule me properly according to my school schedule. Personal relationships in my life were also disastrous during my first semester. I was an emotional wreck every couple of weeks. I lacked direction, I felt trapped in a major that I knew wasn’t right for me. Both my parents were not able to further their education and attend college. As a child, my father spoke about politics at dinner every night and I sensed his passions for the field. I felt like it was my responsibility to pursue a field I knew he would have if he were given the chances but it didn’t take long to realize that I wouldn’t succeed in trying to live out someone’s else’s dreams for them.
Since then, I have transferred to a different job that shows they respect my school schedule and support me in obtaining my bachelor's degree. I have also taken some time to reflect on myself and better understand who I am, the reasons for my anxiety attacks, and how to cope during my depressive episodes. My home life has drastically improved since my parents made the decision to leave behind a toxic household and start a life where their every action is within their control.
Having financial aid is a crucial factor in completing my bachelor’s degree successfully. After an appointment with my academic advisor, I was advised to make a visit to the career services center. The career services appointment was everything I needed and more. Additionally, I was recommended to take an interest inventory test that was extremely helpful in narrowing down the career fields that suits my personality and interests.
Since the fall of 2016, I have made a lot of beneficial changes to my life. I sincerely hope that this letter has provided an essential explanation for my past semesters at VCU and shows that I am committed to my college career. I have made mistakes in my past and I take full responsibility for my decisions but please understand that all my previous issues have solutions in place. Please don’t allow my previous mistakes to gauge my future success."