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Getting into top 20 grad school still possible?

  1. May 27, 2013 #1
    Hello guys,

    I just want to share my situation, to see if I can still get into a really good grad school.

    For the most part of my 3 years in college I have gotten straight A's however in fall of

    2011 my grandfather and one of my best friend died suddenly. I was mentally broken,

    and took the easy way out and dabbled in drugs and hung out with bad people. I ended up in that semester with a D in organic B+ in calc and B in intro to engineering.

    Fast-forward to spring of 2013 I have gotten straight A's from fall 2011 to spring 2013, but

    then a horrible mistake happened that destroyed this semester. My computer was

    stolen the night before my project was due worth 45% of my grade, I spoke to the

    professor who aloud me to turn it in later in the week so I spent the next few days

    trying to work on a project that originally took me over 100 hours to do in 3 days.

    So in short I had to sacrifice all my other finals ended up getting B+ in intro to stats B

    in linear algebra and a D in that engineering class. Even though the professor felt bad,

    since I had an A originally I could not qualify for an incomplete, which I completely

    understand, but still. As of now I have a 3.58 gpa, and he said I can retake the course

    and use the forgiveness policy " counts the higher grade but still shows the D on my

    transcript" and it should boost my gpa right back up.

    But still seeing those two D's would look horrible, would I still have somewhat of a shot

    to go to a great grad school for engineering?
  2. jcsd
  3. May 27, 2013 #2
    I can't guarantee you a spot, but here is what I would do:
    -If you really think you can't do a top 20, apply to more than just top 20
    -Talk about your struggle in your personal statement, but emphasize that you have grown since then
    -Get very good letters.
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