August 26, 2008
Dear Dr. Devine and Mr. Pajewski,
This letter is my appeal to you to revert your decision of dropping me from the School of H&SS. In your letter you suggested that my academic situation with the ‘QPA hole’ became most doubtful in reversing the previous trend of poor academic performances. In response I would like to say that the QPA does not represent well of my academic performance.
I would like to explain my past academic trend in detail. In my first semester here at CMU, I received a 2.8 GPA, which might not be a very good grade point but nevertheless is acceptable. Following that, in my second semester I willingly became involved in a few organizations on campus such as Sigma Nu Fraternity and Hong Kong Student Association. I initially felt that this was a very good decision as it would provide me with the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds in campus. But what I didn’t realize that I wasn’t assigning priority to my academics. I became blindfolded and deeply indulged in these committees. Due to this I suffered two semesters long academic performance slump. Trust me when I say this I regret my decision of joining extra curricular activities. I realized that I should have gotten accustomed to the studying methodologies and then should have joined these activities when my GPA was at least a 3.0. I have suffered the consequences of my actions for the last two semesters; I lost the feeling of accomplishment and success. As a result of this I became de-motivated and perplexed as I did not know what I could do to get out of this pit hole I a consequences I chose for unknowingly choose for myself.
Two semesters of poor academic performance resulted in me getting suspended. During this time period, I realized where I went wrong. The academic slump I had experienced had made me loose my self confidence. I felt so insecure about myself that I started avoiding seeing any faculty member so that my unacceptable grades wouldn’t be talked about. For this reason I also stopped seeking their assistance during office hours, even though I critically needed it. Hence, my grades progressively worsened to the point that I was suspended!
While undergoing my suspension, I worked at Astorino, a local architecture firm, and Citigroup in Hong Kong. At Astorino particularly, I was greatly involved in a project to be presented to an industrial firm in China. The project was later chosen for its satellite office building design in Beijing. At Citigroup, I was working in Corporate Banking department. Over the two months of internship, I worked on few research projects to help explore Citi’s potential market in the future. All of those projects were greatly considered and a few project reports were sent and presented to the Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup, Asia-Pacific. Through these successes, I came to regain my desire for accomplishment and my sense of motivation and responsibility.
Then, I passed to return to CMU a semester early from suspension, and I knew it was time for self redemption. In that semester, I intended to work hard, and I even managed to attain decent grades in most of the subjects, including my second core course for my major. However, due to the lack of computer programming practice over two years, I struggled to get a 67-272, which had ultimately caused the downfall of my overall grade point to a 2.0. I feel that this shouldn’t be the reason for a poor QPA and I feel that I have the potentials of achieving better grades.
In my last semester I was greatly distracted by family problem as I have already mentioned in my previous letter to you regarding my mother’s serious health conditions. Even though, I did manage to improve my grades in the midterm results. My final GPA for the semester was not relatively up to standard. On that note, I would like to explain that my GPA before the final exam was 2.5. The final exams for two of my courses had brought my grades down by one whole letter grade. As poorly as it seems on the school report, I was only short by no more than 2% to maintain my original grade for those two classes, which translate to literally 4 multiple choices questions away from getting a letter grade up. With that in mind, although not a strong concrete evidence, I have utmost faith in myself and I feel that I am capable of achieving the desired standard set by the school and that of myself.
Dropping a student who is not motivated or interested in studies is acceptable. But I would like to ask you, is it alright to drop a student who has realized his past mistakes and is trying so hard to rectify them? I ask you with great sincerity please consider my prospective. I can be a motivated contributor to the university; I am even capable to become much more than that if I am provided with the opportunity. I greatly believe that I am a CMU student. Also if given an opportunity, I can show you the improvements I made in my personal quality, my respect to others and to the university. Please don’t take this away from me, this university has thought me how to be a better person and has changed me. I feel a part of it and the thought of being parted from it is so painful. I hope for your maximum cooperation as my future is in your hands!