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Mon Oct 31 08:39:41 EDT 2011

If diagnosed with Diabetes is there a way to explain your grades when applying to college?
Asked By: lrwdesigns  

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My daughter is 16 and a Junior in High School and her grades have not been good - she switched schools in 9th grade and assumed that she was having trouble adjusting and that the work was harder than what she was used to. She was just diagnosed with Type I Diabetes and has possibly suffered from High Blood Sugar for quite a while which may be the solution to the problems that she has been having with her schoolwork, Now she is afraid that she may not be able to get into the College that she prefers due to her bad grades. Is there anyway that we can try and explain?
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2011-11-05 14:16:47.0

I have two sons with diabetes and there is certainly no harm in explaining this scenario to admissions counselors. This may not work if her grades stayed low; but will be taken into consideration in many cases if her grades got better over time. Diabetes is a difficult adjustment for a teenager and your daughter's mention of her struggles and how they made her stronger will make for a great essay! Stay strong and good luck!!
Answered By: susan sloane
Accreditations: B.S.,Rph.,C.D.E.,Nutritionist
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