Low GPA Due To Mental Illness
I'm a recent university graduate and unfortunately came out with a low GPA (1.91). But not because I was a slacker or not terribly bright...quite the opposite!
However, since I was 14 (maybe earlier, but at that age things came to a head) I've been dealing with crippling depressing and anxiety issues.
Now I'm 27. Over the years I've seen several therapists, been on multiple rounds of medication and I'm doing MUCH better. It's something I'll always deal with, but I currently have a better understanding of my issues and better tools to deal with it.
My conundrum is that my poor academic performance is a direct result of my mental illness, but I am hesitant to mention this to prospective employers.
I am proud that despite my difficulties I was even able to complete my degree (especially considering that at more that one occasion I wanted to jump of my faculty's five story building). In my last couple of semesters I even managed my anxiety enough to score several Bs and As. :-)
But how do I let interviewers/résumé readers see past my low GPA and recognise that I am a smart, talented and (finally!) well adjusted person, without rehashing my painful difficulties?