I failed out of college. Appeal advice needed.
May 27, 2009 6:53 PM Subscribe
I failed out of college. Appeal advice needed, because I'm pretty terrified.
posted by anonymous to Education (21 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Years ago, I failed out of college. It was completely my fault. It was, however, a great learning experience, apparently greater than the previous 3+ years at college had been. Since having been kicked out, I've completed my AA in an unrelated field, and have secured a job in a position on the order of VP/Department Head. I'm still in my 20s, and would like to finish my degree in the unrelated field (which I am very interested in), as it's important to not only my family/friends/career, but also to myself for confronting and rectifying the irresponsibility of my youth. And that whole closure thing.
I have 2 options for returning to the university (a state school, by the way):
1) Appeal my disqualification based upon extenuating circumstances.
2) Wait an additional 2+ years, as there is a "statute of limitations" if you will on academic disqualifications.
My actual reasons for failure are as follows:
++ Disinterest in the subject matter of my major. I was interested in the application of my major, not the subject matter. I was not interested in being a statistician(for example), I was interested in what a team of statisticians could be used to do.
++ Mild mental issues, for example mild to moderate depression or moderate to severe ADHD, for which I've had multiple doctors prescribe medication.
++ Relationship/roommate issues.
I am granted a hearing for the appeal, and I will be interviewed by the dean of the college I am attempting to enroll in and potentially given a letter of recommendation to give to the hearing committee. My exit GPA was under 1.8, my GPA while I attended school for my AA was over 3.5, and my program GPA for the major I've switched to and will be attempting to enroll in is over 3.5. Basically, academically, I've done significantly better than I did at any point in my previous coursework, in addition to currently holding a full time job. I feel like I will have to get a strong endorsement from the Dean, and then play up my current achievements during the appeal.
I don't (feel like I) have a legitimate reason for "extenuating circumstances". There was no death in the family, extreme illness/injury, crime victimization, etc.
SO, I need advice on how to frame my case. I'm not sure if I should attempt to emphasize that I could not balance work and school, and could not quit work due to money issues, or that I should mention/emphasize treatment for my medical issues.
Also, I've considered going to a different school, but many of them require that you be in good standing with all of your previous universities, and I do not want to/cannot (due to work) move to a new city to go to school. Waiting 2 years would put me in the 30 range, and I'd like to graduate while my grandparents are still alive.
Having heard people's experiences dealing with other college appeals (parking tickets!!!), I'm not sure if this appeals board is looking to reject everyone with all but the most extreme of excuses, or if they're just attempting to legitimately ensure that they readmit people who can be successful and will be upstanding graduates.
I doubt that it matters, but I'm on the West Coast and switching from Engineering to Finance.