If you have received a series of grades in the range of B- and C , explaining a C or a C- won’t affect your application much.
Explaining a C or C- will be much easier if you normally pull a perfect GPA.
At the same time, the grades you’re explaining need to be an isolated event.
If you are used to getting all Bs, but then get the flu and get an B- in geometry your sophomore year, the admissions committee probably doesn’t need to hear about it.
After all, the grade is not much different from your usual performance, and getting the flu isn’t exactly a unique scenario to face in high school.
Ask a trusted teacher, guidance counselor, or another mentor for their perspective, or consider College Vine’s Kate Koch-Sundquist is a graduate of Pomona College where she studied sociology, psychology, and writing before going on to receive an M.
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If the answer to any of these questions is no, think carefully before explaining the blemish on your transcript.
You may want to discuss your decision with a guidance counselor or teacher first to gain some more perspective.