I'm an undergrad at a top 20 school in Computer Science in the US. I'm applying to top 5 programs for PhD/Masters and have been told I'm top 1% of interns at FAANG companies, to establish background.
I currently have a 3.8, which although not amazing, is something I'm relatively proud of. This semester, I had a grandparent and a friend pass away due to COVID and thus have had a very hard time with school. I've gotten 2 Cs this semester (my first 2 ever) and I'm not sure how to deal with this. It will probably drop me to a 3.7, which is beyond some cutoffs and drastically lowers my percentile rank
Given this is Academia SE, I'll focus more on the academic concerns - is there any way to add an addendum to the grad school application explaining this? Is there any value in doing this or is it more along the lines of "everyone has issues, deal with it"? I'm also concerned about showing a bad GPA on my resume - is there any way to get the two courses marked as pass/fail or something along those lines that I should ask the school about?