I am a grad student at ASU and I am currently facing Academic dismissal for falling below GPA of 3 at 2.94. I have been given the opportunity to appeal the decision. I would like your suggestions to the appeal letter I have written.
I am writing an appeal, for a review of my impending academic dismissal from the master’s in electrical engineering program from the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering department at the Ira Fulton School of Engineering. I thank you for this opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding my poor scholastic performance in the program. Overcoming the initial reaction of disappointment and sense of defeat, I have come to realize that the misguided approach I took to dealing with the courses was one of the primary reasons for the decline in my grades.
Being a student of fairly good academic standing throughout my undergraduate program, upon entering probation after the first semester I took it up as a challenge to prove to myself academically the following semester and against the suggestions of my advisor, decided to take up two of the toughest courses (VLSI Design and Constructionist Approach to Microprocessor Design) with hectic lab schedules and weekly assignments along with a third moderately difficult course in FPGA and Hardware Acceleration. I believed that I was taking the “right” path towards the completion of my program as compared to the “easy” path.
However, as the semester progressed, and the content became more advanced, I concentrated my efforts towards only two subjects. In retrospect, I have realized that poor time management and incomplete understanding of the subject matter compounded with the fact that I never followed through in my questions with the professor in his office hours, lead to a decline in my grades.
Another major reason due to which my academics were neglected, was my obsession to secure a summer internship program. I spent significant time preparing for technical interviews, time which could have been spent better reviewing the topics taught in the class. While I was successful in securing an internship, my attention was diverted from the coursework.
If reinstated, I believe that the topics I have learned in EE498 and EEE525 will better help me excel in the subjects I have registered for the upcoming Fall semester. I also plan to take up a summer course in Digital Signal Process under Prof.Spanias with intention of broadening my scope of study as well as to boost my GPA before the commencement of the fall semester as I am marginally below the threshold GPA. I have already started preparing for the comprehensive examination which I intend to take up in Fall 2018. Towards the end of this semester, I have also come to appreciate the virtues of forming study groups to tackle challenging courses as the informal interaction between my peers on topics taught in lectures proved to be a very beneficial source of academic support.
I sincerely hope that this appeal shows that I am dedicated to becoming a successful student of good academic standing and I am determined to graduate from this prestigious university. Ultimately, this would give me a chance to regain my own self-confidence and realize my capabilities to outdo my main competition - myself. In view of the above, I appeal to you to permit me to continue my program here.