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Should Guidance Counselor Explain Course Drop Due to Surgery?

Question: I am applying to several Ivy league and similar universities. A few weeks ago, I was hospitalized rather abruptly and had to get surgery, forcing me to miss about a week's worth of classes. The surgery has rendered me weaker than normal, and as a result, I tire very easily now. Because I have a zero period class, it is hard for me to get through the day and to reacclimate to school work post-operation. If I or my counselor were to explain this situation, would those colleges be sympathetic if I dropped the class (it is an honors class in a schedule of five other AP's)?

Sorry to hear of the unexpected interruption in your senior year. Yes, it is a good idea for your guidance counselor to explain your situation to your target colleges. Admission officials should certainly be sympathetic. Five AP classes (with an early-morning class to boot) is a heavy enough load ... even for someone who hasn't been through recent surgery!

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