Medical Withdrawals

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tfarunner
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Medical Withdrawals

Postby tfarunner » Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:46 am

Anyone else have a medical withdrawal for a semester in college on their transcripts? I got a withdrawal passing for all the classes, but not sure if/how to address it on applications.

Any thoughts?

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Re: Medical Withdrawals

Postby BillsFan9907 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:35 am

tfarunner wrote:Anyone else have a medical withdrawal for a semester in college on their transcripts? I got a withdrawal passing for all the classes, but not sure if/how to address it on applications.

Any thoughts?


It's not a big deal at all. If it was a physical ailment all you need to do is write a brief addendum without giving too much information to the point of making others uncomfortable (ie: if you had cancer just say you had cancer, don't talk about the agony of chemotherapy).

In truth, you might not even need to name the ailment. For me, I just wrote "due to a serious physical ailment I..." It's critical to note that the ailment no longer affects you (you are fully recovered).

If it was for a mental health reason, it gets trickier. There is still a major stigma, although I know multiple people who who based their personal statements on mental health issues and got into the top schools...

tfarunner
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Re: Medical Withdrawals

Postby tfarunner » Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:13 am

Thanks for the reply. Not anything like cancer, but still very sick. I like the idea about speaking to it in more vague terms and just noting that it has been fully treated and taken care of.

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Re: Medical Withdrawals

Postby BillsFan9907 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:18 am

tfarunner wrote:Thanks for the reply. Not anything like cancer, but still very sick. I like the idea about speaking to it in more vague terms and just noting that it has been fully treated and taken care of.


This is what I said "during the fall semester of my junior year, I was diagnosed with a serious physical ailment. With the full cooperation of my school's administration, I withdrew from X courses and granted a medical leave of absence. After treatment, I was restored to perfect health and returned to school."




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