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Admissions Explaining an A-

  1. May 4, 2016 #1
    This may be a potentially stupid question.
    I have gone my entire undergraduate career without getting anything but As until today when I got an A- in Thermal/Statistical Physics. Of course, I understand that this is much better than most ever do, but since I still plan on applying to top programs (condensed matter experiment) next semester I am wondring if this A- is something I will be expected to explain in some way on my applications.
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  3. May 4, 2016 #2


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    No, not at all.
  4. May 4, 2016 #3
    No matter what you say in your "explaining away of your A-", the admissions committee will read it as "I'm a perfectionist". And, from what I know (which isn't much), this isn't a good thing.
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    I urge you to shelve the idea for ever
  6. May 5, 2016 #5
    Wow, A-? I don't think even McDonalds will hire you now!
  7. May 5, 2016 #6
    You can always say that you had problems with drug abuse at the time.
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