Is there a substitute for "otherwise" that can be used preceding an adjective?
An otherwise excellent student, going through a personal crisis, can see his results deteriorate drastically.
Close ones are "under other circumstances" or "in other conditions" (Thesaurus), but I'm looking for something that can precede the adjective "excellent", and preferably one-word.
The reason is, these wordier options (that would go after "student") seem to give a more negative impact when describing the student. The one-word used before "excellent" seem to have less negative impact.
EDIT: I am looking for something short and straightforward that touches the point as used in the sentence without the dragging negativity implied in the wordier options. Not to mention one-word makes it sound smoother. @Vocoder's suggestion is an interesting option that uses a positive-sounding word that would fit the context.
I should also add that I wanted a different word to use because the sample sentence is not of my own words but I want to convey the same meaning.
If you can think of any other words, please do share!