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09/04/2019

How do I write a great college essay that explains everything?

QUESTION
How do I write a great college essay that explains everything?
How do I explain why I was kicked out a couple of years ago for bad grades? I was taking care of my dad who had cancer.

ANSWER
I’m sorry about your Dad. You did what you had to at the time, and your schoolwork suffered. We all face times in life where we have to prioritise and focus our energy where it’s needed most.
I applaud you for having the commitment to your study now. You will have learned a lot through your life experiences, and will be a stronger person now for them.
Be honest. Explain the situation surrounding your bad grades and how that lead to you being kicked out. Also make sure you explain where you are now, in your head. Don’t just leave it hanging at where it was. Tell them what you have learned from the experience, and how you will apply that to your future study. (eg. how you have come back from that set-back with renewed focus and determination to do well.)
You might have to do a few rough drafts, but you will find the right words.
Good luck !!