Marisa5252 wrote: Definitely include a GPA Addendum to explain the mitigating circumstances that resulted in your sub-par gpa - but I wouldn't mention anything to explain your GPA in your personal statement. (You could obviously talk about your work experience but not in reference to your GPA.) You want your personal statement to make adcomms see all the amazing things about you - it's counterproductive to mention the weaker portions of your application.
Thank you for the response! I think with all of your help (the Forum) I have a good plan for my addendum, and personal statement.