kateausten Posted September 4, 2012 Share Posted September 4, 2012 Anyone have advice on how best to handle addressing a low GPA semester due to mental illness? I have chronic depression and ADHD, and one specific semester I had some bad side effects to an ADHD medicine I started taking, had to stop taking it fairly abruptly, lost it a bit and didn't finish my final assignments for most classes, and wound up with a 1.8. Since I got at least a D in all classes and that was considered passing at my school and I didn't want to take out loans for an extra semester in the midst of an economic crash, I just cut my losses and accepted those grades rather than trying to get an incomplete or retaking them. All other semesters my GPA was above 3.0. I took a semester off and did some traveling, Spanish classes, and volunteering, because I still felt a bit shaken and wanted to make sure I was confident and focused when I returned, and my grades were very good for the next year (my last year). I know that a semester with a GPA that bad needs to be addressed. My question is, how much am I obligated to disclose? I really don't want it to be a large or distracting paragraph on my SOP and would prefer to address it in 2 sentences max - during X semester, I experienced some health issues resulting in me not finishing all final assignments and took a semester off to recover fully (reflected in my transcript). Is this adequate or would more detail be expected? I don't want to mention mental illness without following with details about how I've developed better coping and time management skills to keep it from being an issue in the future, and I'd rather spend my 400-600 words on things that are relevant to the program than a story of my depression and ADHD. JustHopefulMe 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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