cshadow wrote:Regarding addenda, My GPA was affected by a sick family member who later died while in college, leading me to take a semester off. Should this be included, or would this be looked at more as an "excuse"?
Sorry to hear about this; that's certainly not easy to handle -- in school or out.
I'd suggest including it, but keep it brief and make sure that the tone is right. The same set of circumstances can be conveyed as an excuse or it can be conveyed as explaining the circumstances.
This will help the admissions committee when looking at your transcript with all of the information and not wondering what happened.