I'm not sure if I'm going to add an addendum. My PS is about leaving the mill for college, DS is about various aspects of my family/upbringing. The GPA trend is noticeable, but I'm worried about beating them over the head with explanations. I agree though, I want them to think, once this guy got his shit together, he really got his shit together.
Probably the weirdest span in my life was working a twelve on the line, then about a day later, arriving on campus. I was still wearing carhartts and probably looked like a gardener.
You think I should write an addendum and point it out? Or just stand pat and let them read between the lines?
i've spent a ton of time reading the information available on this forum and on this site as a whole. the credited response in my experience is to write an addendum for your GPA if (only if?) you feel it suffered because you were going through something that hurt you academically. that's obviously a non-answer because its so subjective.
i think mine is fair because i am guessing adcomms will agree with me that what i had going on probably put me at a disadvantage early on in my academic career. you have to figure out if you feel the same way, and it's really a gut decision. my advice on writing one would be to dont make any excuses, dont show any weaknesses. explain the circumstances straight up, and write it in a way that reads in a believable way. that really goes for anyone, not you specifically.