Explaining Extenuating CircumstancesQuestion: Are there any issues or circumstances (e.g., medical, personal, or financial) that may have affected your academic record? If YES, please describe the circumstance in detail below. We are particularly interested in issues or circumstances that directly affected your academic performance and that led to a rise or drop in grades or to changes in your academic or personal goals.
For this question can I talk about how having a part-time job led to a decrease in my grades? or will that make me look bad?
This is the response I came up with:
One circumstance that has led to a drop in my grades is due to my financial status. To make sure I have sufficient funding to attend University I decided to get a part-time job. Even though I have been working part-time, I've been able to manage my time effectively for the most part however, there still are times when my work schedule conflicts with school. Often I have to work long shifts on weekdays which tend to take time away from my studies as I am required to be work during the night shift. This tends to have a negative impact on my grades which can be seen based on my physics mark. I had physics first period so working late limited my ability to make alternate times to focus on physics. I also had a spare first semester after physics which gave me time to review material for my other two courses. I believe working part-time will have a larger impact second semester as I have four courses without a spare. (924)