Hi I have a serious problem and I need some serious advice. Right now my gpa stands at about a 2.73. This semester I anticipate it will drop further because I dont think I will pass complex variables. I still think that if I can buckle down I can raise it up to above a 3.0. It has been really difficult for me to keep focused this semester. My father has kidney failure and it is causing much hardship for me and my family as he is dying. The stress from that coupled with worrying about my grades contributed to my failure this semester. Right now I go to a top tier school but I am really worried now about grad school. I mean, I think I can get a 3.3 by the time I apply, but that is going to be really hard and leave me with no margin for error. I have research experience and thats about all I have going. I feel like this semester has ruined my life and I am not sure what to do. I am a good student and I cant believe this has happened to me. I could transfer to another school where I could use my gpa there for admission into grad school, but that school is nowhere near as good as the one im attending (UT Austin). Is a 3.3 from UT competitive for applying to grad school with research experience and good gre scores? Any advice would be welcome and help me plan what to do.