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Appeal Question

empressuempressu 22 replies5 threads Junior Member
I’ve been trying to put together my appeal letter as well as asking professors and other people for a letter of recommendation in hopes that it’ll help bring the chances of getting in to the school, and they have an option to provide documentation of personal life challenges that had potentially got in the way of my focus for my classes. I had a really bad year in my first semester of college, resulting in low grades and the death of my cousin had contributed to that. How can I provide proof of that certain time period of his death?
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  • aunt beaaunt bea 10332 replies71 threads Senior Member
    As of now, I don't think contributing proof, of a family member's passing, and it's negative effect on your schooling, will result in an admission to Davis.
    The schools want to see you do well in spite of adversarial challenges. Maybe this isn't the school for you; you admit that personal life challenges affect your focus. Davis is a tough school where you have to be focused. The quarter system really challenges a number of students who have to adjust to the 10 week timeline. My daughter was in a HS that had a trimester system, so she adapted well to Davis, but her roommates had a hard time.

    If anything, I've looked at a couple of your previous postings here, and I've noticed that you could use some help in your grammar. Have your ever had your CC Writing Center review your applications?
    (Davis does have writing centers in the dorms and they expect students to use them to revise and edit written course requirements.)
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30516 replies417 threads Forum Champion
    @empressu: Are you on the transfer waitlist or have you not applied to UCD?
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  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN 3687 replies14 threads Senior Member
    A link to an obituary would serve as proof if you were actually listed in it as a cousin but in general you aren’t expected to prove that deaths occurred in appeals like this.
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  • empressuempressu 22 replies5 threads Junior Member
    @Gumbymom I was on the transfer waitlist.
    @aunt bea I understand that Davis is a challenging school and that there are some areas that I can try to improve on, and I know that the options of getting in at this point is painstakingly low, but whatever chances I get it is something that I’d at least like to try and take. Yes, admittedly the passing of my cousin had an impact on my focus from the classes I’ve taken during that time, but I believe that I have improved since then and it is something that I would like to prove in my appeal letter based on my grades’ recent trends and other activities.

    Grammar is my weakest point, I can see that, but I plan on taking advantage of my community college’s writing center to proofread my appeal letter.

    On another note, I still do want to know if there’s any way I can present proof from the inimical challenges I’ve experienced such as my cousin’s passing since it’s an option provided for the appeal process.
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  • aunt beaaunt bea 10332 replies71 threads Senior Member
    Hate to tell you this but if you were not admitted from the waitlist, you may want to seek other options at this point.
    Their numbers were high, and they had to cut numbers, so put your appeal in, but I don't think it will gain you an admission at this late stage.
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  • empressuempressu 22 replies5 threads Junior Member
    @CheddarcheeseMN It is an option that I’m considering whether I should provide proof or not or whether I should mention it at all, but at least there’s a way to prove it. In this case though I’m leaning on to not mentioning it
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  • empressuempressu 22 replies5 threads Junior Member
    @aunt bea I do have other options, but like I said it still wouldn’t hurt to try for me to do this and whether I gain an admission or not is permissible. I do want to take any opportunities presented that can help my case, but even so it is still worth the try :)
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30516 replies417 threads Forum Champion
    I would think since it is already late June, that UCD would not even accept an appeal at this point. Have you contacted admissions to see if they will even consider an appeal this late?
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  • empressuempressu 22 replies5 threads Junior Member
    @Gumbymom I haven’t contacted admissions if they will consider an appeal this late, but they offer an option to appeal in their MyAdmissions page and it is due on the fifth of July. But I’ll still try to double check with them tomorrow during their business hours.
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  • aunt beaaunt bea 10332 replies71 threads Senior Member
    Unless someone made an error in your paperwork (missing test scores, late transcripts), I don't think they will accept your appeal.
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