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Should I submit a part C essay discussing my diagnosed General Anxiety Disorder and its affect on my academic performance in my first two years. Or, should I rely on my (lack of) merit without the addendum so as not to risk the essay reflecting poorly on me as an applicant?

cGPA: 3.51/L2: 3.88/ LSAT: 168

I've completed my application and am trying to decide whether or not I should submit the optional 'Part C' essay. I am diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), which impacted my academic performance in my first two years of university. I am deciding whether or not to reference this as a performance consideration in a Part C addendum.

I believe my L2: 3.88 reveals a significant upward trend (corresponding with my adoption of proactive strategies to address, cope with and succeed despite my anxiety). While pursuing my MA, I finally got up the courage to discuss my experiences with my family doctor. Here I was formally diagnosed, provided an extensive history of my experiences with the disorder dating back to my first years in university, and was ultimately prescribed medication to mitigate the potential for regression i.e. brief, infrequent anxious episodes I had been managing on my own.

I have lurked these forums for a long time and have read many different opinions on the supposed dis/advantages of submitting Part C. While I do believe that my disorder did have an impact on my past performance, I do not wish for it to define me as an applicant. I believe that I have overcome an obstacle to succeed but am still proud of my performance in my later years, my graduate education and my LSAT. Moreover, the last thing I would want is for the adcom to think that I am overly entitled and wish to be granted some special consideration that is not warranted - especially not if I have a chance of being admitted without submitting Part C in the first place. 

Any guidance would be deeply appreciated.

Thank you!

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If you can present your General Anxiety Disorder as barrier to past performance that is now being successfully managed, I see no reason not to include it in your personal statement.

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Thanks for your advice Xer,

To clarify, something to include in the mandatory components of the Personal Statement, or, in the optional 'Part C' addendum?

Thanks in advance.

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Does Part C specifically ask about these kinds of barriers and challenges you faced prior to applying to law school? If so, yes.

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