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Is a good personal statement enough to get admitted?
My record shows that I'm a fairly good student I think, I have a 4.0 for both my freshman and junior year, and my senior year will most likely be as well. Sophomore year, however, I had some issues with my mental health (to the point of hospitalization) and I was failed for almost all classes that year, dropping my gpa to a 2.4. I've gotten it back up to around a 3 and will continue to raise that my senior year of high school. My SAT score was a 1300, evenly split for both parts although results aren't required due to covid-19. I plan on elaborating on the failing year in my personal statement, I would've had a 4.0 overall if it wasn't for that. I'd be an out of state students, but I'll also be a first gen college student, I'm low income, and I'm part of the lgbt community which helps add to the diversity. I wouldn't be as worried if I hadn't been failed that year, but now I'm concerned that a well written personal statement might not be enough to get in. If not I have other schools in mind and will most likely transfer to UW later on, but I wanted to see what other people thought.29 replies