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Explaining Effect of Grandmother's Death on Grades

Question: In the first semester senior year, I experienced the loss of my grandmother (she passed away). My grandmother and I were really close, and her passing away greatly impacted my life personally. As a result, I had problems, and this had an impact on my first semester senior year grades (my mid year report). I don't think my mid year report accurately reflects my normal performance in school. Should I send a brief note to college adcoms regarding this matter?

I'm very sorry for your loss. My own son, a 10th grader, lost his grandmother in November (she was my mother-in-law) and I do understand the stress and sorrow that this brings to a family.

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