A little big off topic , but this is something that is lowering my confidence and making me depressed.
I just finished writing the letter , any of you with good grammar or have been in a situation like this care to offer some advice ?
Here is the letter - just a rough copy so I can incorporate some ideas. I have not done any alinement's just wrote it out on Notepad so bare with me
June 25th , 2012
Petitions Committee, Faculty of Health
Room # and Building, York University
4700 Keele Street,
Dear Members of the (Petition/Appeal) Committee:
I am writing this letter in order to waive the decision to withdraw for one year and petition for readmission for the fall 2012 term.
Circumstances that affected my academic performance were (1) health condition of my mother and (2) my working schedule.
My petition makes references to the following supporting documents (1) Appointments dates for my mother's illness and (2) Record of employment.
Coming into university, I didnt know exactly what to expect for the first year. I learned now that such fast paced environment requires full attention and commitment.
However, I was constantly juggling different agendas during the school term and this greatly affected my academic performance.
As the first born to a single mother , I am relied on to take some fatherly duties at such a young age. Moreover, the geographic distance between my mothers relatives
makes me her first choice for help and this put me under strong mental and emotional stress during the school year which impacted my ability to perform at my highest
potential. After my mother was diagnosed with type two diabeties in April of 2011 , a lot of changes had to be made in our household. There were days she simply lacked the
energy to perform simple house duties. She was advised to work less shift at work and always have someone by her side till the illness improved. During this time , I felt the
best thing to do was get a part time job in order to help her out and allow my little brother to live a happy life. With this in mind , I got my first job at UPS and started
working on August 26th 2011 , as a package handler. However, the job required me to work weekdays from 6-11pm everyday ; this gave me very little time to rest. As I got accustomed
to the work and school started , I was managing the first few weeks nicely until I hit the curb and fatigue took its toll. I had very little time to finished assigned readings
and work on assignments. I planned , to use the weekends sorely for studying and catching up. However, I found it difficult to store all the information from different
classes in just two days.
Due to my work as well as caring for my mother taking up most of my time. I was withdrawn from my friends , had very little time to enjoy life and most importantly I
was not fully focused on my education. Close to the end of November, I spoke to my manager about possible lower hours and he decline saying i was part of the company requirements.
I took action by leaving the workplace by the end of the first term at school. During this time I was behind in most of my courses and with my inexperience I didnt know what to do next.
Naturally , as a person I share very little with people and this limited me as far as options go. I was greatly stressed and could barely pay attention in classes. However,
onething about me as a person is my fight , I never thought about giving up eventhough the best idea would have been to drop some class I had no chance passing.
On the other hand , things remained negative in my househould , as my mother was still not working as much and we were behind in rent payments. She applied to a Co-Op housing
and again I went on search for another job , this time with more flexibility. Throughout, all of this I neglected my education and was more focused on helping my mother and
looking back at , it wasnt the wisest decision but it was something I had to do.
My future plans are clear now as I want to fully focus on my education. My mothers application for a Co-Op housing was succesful due to her low income and I am no longer
needed to contribute much to the rent payment. My younger brother has been admitted to a government after school day care program which also gives me more flexibility as
I am no longer required to drop and pick him up from school. Furtheremore, my mother's sister and her herbund will be completing their move to Toronto from Windsor by the end
of June , which will benifit me as they will helpher as I focus on my edcuation.
Finally , as an individual , I have taken the time needed to rethink my future and I am fully comitted to my education and willing to put every effort needed to be succeful.
As a result of my family issues been under control and the expreience I gained from my first year, I am confident that I will be more successful if given a second chance. I
strongly believe that with one more term at York, I will be able to bring my grades up above the required GPA with your approval of my petition.
Thank you for considering my appeal.