Unfortunately I received an email saying i have been dismissed from university due to my low GPA. I'm really embarassed but I'm choosing to appeal. Could anyone give me some comments on the rough draft of my letter? I replaced the name of the university with "(__)" because I'm not sure if naming it is allowing on these forums.
To whom it may concern, Academic Standing and Readmissions Committee,
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to appeal my academic dismissal from the (__). As any student would be, I am shocked and fearful to hear that I have been dismissed from the university. However, I’ve expected such a consequence considering my poor academic performance. It is not my intention to blame my household responsibilities, and sluggishness to adapt to college workload. These factors as well as others did affect my grades, but I am compelled to overcome such obstacles next semester. For the remainder of this appeal I will be explaining the circumstances that resulted in my low GPA, and establishing my plan to make a complete turn around.
I am enrolled in the (__) as a mechanical engineering major. I chose to pursue this profession because of my interest in the subject despite knowing the amount of workload the program entails. I thought I could handle the workload. I was wrong. I was extremely slow to transition to the fast pace of college work. On top of that, outside of school I was responsible for the care of my little brother as my mother would work during the day. This would include driving him to and from school on the weekdays, feeding him, making sure he does his school work, etc. Simply, I was not able to manage my time wisely. On top of this, I made the poor decision to join the Men’s Lacrosse Club at the university. I say this is a poor decision because I could not handle my responsibilities as a college student and a brother, but I decided to join a sports team. This is a decision I painfully regret.
I attended every class and only missed sessions due to extenuating circumstances such as snow. I communicated with my professors during such weather conditions and any other reasons why I would have to miss a class session. Even though I was attentive in class, I did not complete homework assignments on time. I should have informed my professors of any trouble I had completing assignments. I also did not make use of the Center for Student Success despite being enrolled in UNIV2201, Strategies for Success.
If I am reinstated to the (__) I will do everything in my power to put myself in good academic standing for the remainder of my college education. To better my GPA and make a complete academic turnaround, I am going to make use of the (__) resources. It is to my understanding that every staff member at this university is looking for a student to succeed. I will make use of the CSS, tutoring services, and communicate with professors often. I will also make use of an academic planner and scheduling apps. This is almost crucial to submit work on time and stay organized, which I am now realizing in summer classes. I will keep in touch with my academic advisors to make sure I’m on the right path to improving my GPA and completing the required classes to graduate. My father’s work schedule has changed and he is now able to stay at home and take care of my sibling for a majority of the day. In addition, I will remove other non-academic duties and distractions such as the club lacrosse team. I attend college to receive an education and degree, not to play a club sport.
If reinstated to the university, I will be focused completely on academics as attaining a college degree is extremely important to me.
Currently I am enrolled in two summer courses for the first summer session. EASC1101 and EASC1112 are said to be the hardest classes of freshman year engineering. I am doing well in both classes despite the classes being accelerated. I want to do everything I can to prove to be the amazing student I know I can be. Attending college and graduating is indescribably important to me as I would be the first one to do so in my family. I also willing to appeal in-person if possible or necessary. Again, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to appeal my dismissal from this great university. I truly love the atmosphere and staff members here.