Would this be a bad idea for my common app essay?
So basically I got pretty terrible grades in 9th and 10th grade, in 10th grade, they were awful because I had a really terrifying situation happen to me at school which prompted lots of anxiety at school for the rest of the year and a decline in my grades. 9th grade wasn't as bad but my grades could've been better. However, I transferred schools and took very rigorous AP courses in my junior year and did a lot better than I was at my past school. I also found a new passion of mine by stepping out of my comfort zone and taking an AP Computer Science course. My question basically is: should my common app essay be centered around all this? I want a chance to explain to colleges the reason why I had such terrible grades at the beginning of high school, but I also don't want my essay to sound bad.7 replies