BenJ wrote:If there's a story (death in the family, serious illness, etc.), you might write a separate addendum about your GPA and include it in the envelope with the LOCI (and have the LOCI just mention "additional materials enclosed"). But I wouldn't bother if the story is "I partied too much freshman year but am mature now." That's what they'll take from an upward trend anyway unless you tell them otherwise.
(I hope that's sound advice.)
That's pretty much my story in a nutshell, haha. I didn't think it was the best idea to revisit it, but I was looking for reassurance that it would be OK not to mention it in my LOCI. Thanks BenJ