I’m an international student from South Asia. I’m a sophomore in high school and I will be giving my O levels in May. So, in the last few months my whole family including me started getting COVID-19 affected. It spanned almost 3 months because everyone didn’t get sick at the same time (my sister got sick first, then I had to be isolated and I was out of isolation within a week, then my parents got sick, I started showing symptoms and had to be isolated again, then my aunt got sick)I had to be isolated twice which led to me missing classes, tests, club meetings etc. This took a huge mental toll on me and later I had to grind a lot to take the missing tests while giving my regular class tests to keep my grades up. However, AGAIN for some reason I got sick after that and it was suspected to be COVID-19 again.
At this point my half yearly exams were coming and because I had been sick on and off from August to late October, I couldn’t revise properly and I’m thinking my exams won’t go really well. Like I won’t fail for sure but it’s definitely not going to be all A’s and A*’s. My school follows the Cambridge International examinations so this is not the final o level exam but a school exam.
But I was wondering how this would affect me when applying to universities in the US. I’m aiming for undergraduate business schools in UPenn, Cornell, nyu, uva, umich, ucb etc. Would this affect my gpa negatively? Would they be lenient towards students that had to do classes and give exams during the pandemic? And lastly, should I mention this in the additional information section when I’m applying?
Any kind of advice would be very beneficial for me and is greatly appreciated