ADDENDUM - GPA
During my freshmen year at Brown University, I concentrated in Computer Science. Despite a poor performance in these courses, and a continual decreasing interest in the subject matter, I continued the pursuit until the end of my freshman year. The result was academic probation and a 2.33 GPA. Before sophomore year, under self discretion and counsel from our deans, I elected to modify my concentration to Economics. After recognizing my weaknesses and realigning my goals, I saw a gradual upward trending in my GPA (2.33, 3.00, 3.38, 4.00, and a 3.50) over the next semesters. However, courses taken at ____ University (and not at Brown University) did not count towards improving academic standing and my academic probation remained. I would have been removed from academic probation had these courses counted towards Brown’s academic standing.
Additionally, I was a 3-year starter for the Brown University Varsity Football Team. As a student-athlete at Brown, the time commitment was extensive. In-season commitments normally involved 1-2 days of traveling and over 40 hours per week of daily commitments. Even off-season commitments totaled over 40 hours per week with less traveling. Football is a heavy fall sport and my grades suffered greatly due to the balance of athletic time commitments and academic work. Although I had athletic obligations throughout the year, the time commitment in September through December was especially large. A comparison of my fall and spring semesters on my transcript exemplifies this discrepancy. During the lighter (in terms of athletic commitments) spring semesters I was able to achieve significantly better grades as opposed to the heavier fall semesters.
I believe the best indicator of my academic performance is my final semester at Brown. During this semester, I had no athletic obligations. Without the heavy commitment of athletics, I had the time necessary to devote myself completely to academics. With this newly allocated time, I was able to obtain a perfect 4.0 GPA.