Unnatural Log wrote:I'm sure this topic has been gone over plenty of times before but here goes...
My second-to-last semester of school was awful... hardest set of classes I've ever had by a wide margin, started a thesis project, took the general GRE, and took the physics GRE long before I was ready to do so. General GRE and thesis ended up fantastic, but pGRE and grades for that semester, not so much.
I know a lot of people say don't talk about your negatives in your statement of purpose, but it's the only chance to explain those grades. I want to mention the reasons why that semester was poor without coming off as making excuses. Looking over my transcript, my grades that semester were clearly an outlier, and I expect to raise my pGRE a lot when I retake it in October (from about the 40 percentile to somewhere in the 80's), so it's not like I'm just BSing when I say that semester doesn't reflect my true abilities.
My question is, how much weight should I give in my statement to writing about this? Or should I just not mention it at all, and let my scores and transcript do the talking?
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