RE: APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION UNDER ALTERNATIVE CRITERIA
I am a recent high school graduate form St. Charles Catholic High School in Laplace, Louisiana. Despite the fact that I managed to successfully graduate from high school, I did not manage to attain the minimum grade that is required for admission to Southeastern University. I would therefore like to apply for admission under the alternative criteria to the Southeastern University. There are so many reasons as to why I did not manage to meet the minimum entry requirements into the university.
From childhood, I have been adversely affected by our family life experiences and this contributed greatly to my performance in school. When I was just a small boy in the year 2003, my mother joined the army and was to be mobilized for two years in the army in a federal emergency that was in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. For the two years, my mother had to stay away from the family despite my tender age. I was ten years old by then and my younger sister was only two. I was very close to my mother and when she left; my life took a new beginning. I could not understand why she had to abandon me and the entire family. All this time, my mother used to call me over the phone but this could not take away the deep feeling of abandonment that I had. Life in school was also affected by this sudden change and my studies were negatively affected. Education had no meaning to me without my mother. I became rebellious to anything positive both at home and in school. My school performance dropped as a result. It was so unfortunate when my mother fell ill during her tour and later got a retirement, with a medical discharge in the year 2005. Though I was happy that my mother was back at home, she was sickly and could not manage to attend to us.
In 2005, my maternal grandmother passed away. She was very close to me and she meant everything to me especially when my mother was away. I loved her very much and her passing away made me get withdrawn for some time. This also had a major role to play in my academic performance. I could not perform very well as a result.
When life had gone back to its normal course and I had gone back to my studies with new hope and strength, in the same year 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the only home we had. We lost everything that we had and we were displaced for two years. During the two years, my efforts in school were all futile because of the struggles that my family had to make. All my hopes and dreams of excelling in school had been shattered by Hurricane Katrina. My family had to start from scratch. The family support that we had earlier before the Hurricane was cut off and my childhood friends were lost in the process. My family had to look for a new school for me and I had to make new friends. However, the family support and the childhood friends were never restored. All the neighboring families that were affected by the hurricane moved to different parts of Louisiana and few moved out of the estate. My social life had been badly affected and little did I know that my studies were being affected too. Year 2005 was a year full of disasters that badly hurt my educational performance.
So many changes took place in our family as has been explained above. They not only affected my general life but also my academic life. I would have otherwise performed better in my high school level and attained the minimum requirement were it not for changes that took place in our family.
Apart from the family experiences, my extracurricular activities played a major role in my underperformance. I like sports so much and I have a passion for baseball and football. During my school years, I was so much into these sports such that I failed to balance my class work with these sports. They took so much of my class time and I could not give my studies the attention it needed. My concentration had been drawn to football and baseball at the expense of my school work. As much as sports is a necessity, too much of it ruined my academic achievement. I therefore ended up not attaining the minimum requirements of the university entry.
My family has now stabilized and I do have high hopes that no misfortune like those that affected us in the past will happen in the future. In addition, I am now grown up and I have learnt to cope up with life stresses and never again will they affect my academic life. More importantly, I have come to realize the mistakes that I had done in the past and the adverse effects they have had on my academic achievement. Had it not been for my fault in losing concentration in school work and giving much attention to sports, I would have met the necessary requirements for entry into the university. I have learnt a good lesson in the hard way and never would I repeat the same mistakes. I know that I have a great potential to achieve better grades in school and I would like to be given an opportunity in the Southeastern University to explore my potential and prove that I am capable of soaring to greater heights.
I am talented in baseball and football and I can add value to the department of sports. From my earlier mistakes, I have learnt to balance my school work and sports and never will they be a challenge to my education.
Through the alternative criteria I can prove that I have the ability to succeed on a degree program. If given an opportunity, I would like to major in Computer Science as I have a deep interest in the course. I know that I have the potential and all that I have to do is to work hard to realize these potentials.
Enclosed please find my completely filled application form for Admission under Alternative Criteria from Southeastern Louisiana University, two copies of Admission criteria, two copies of my high school transcripts, ACT and testimonial Military orders for your perusal and records.
Thank you in advance as you put me into considerations. I am looking forward to joining Southeastern Louisiana University.
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