Hi everyone, i've been lurking on the site for ages stocking up on everyone's advice and information, so thanks! haha.
I am finally applying to a program this winter and have recently started working on my personal essay. Part of the essay says to explain any class withdrawals or poor grades in your transcript and I wanted to touch on this because I have a few of both in mine from undergrad.
I was raped halfway through my college career and it completely wrecked me in many ways, academics not excluded. I included this story in my personal statement essay, not for sympathy, but for understanding. Do you think this is a no-no? So many people say to personalize your essay- I just don't want them to think i'm making excuses or vying for the sympathy vote. The truth is I was a Dean's list student on an academic scholarship before this happened to me and afterwards I was just barely skating by- and I want to make sure they know that now, 5 years later I am back to being the student I was before.
What do y'all think? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!