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Just wanted to get some input about an issue I'm going to be facing soon in my graduate admissions process.
Around the end of Spring 2011, I was expelled from a Top 10 IR undergraduate program I'd transferred into due to unsatisfactory academic performance. Panicked, that summer, I "transferred" again to my local state universitybut omitted the Top 10 IR program transcripts, only submitting the transcripts from the first university I'd been to.
I got in.
Fast-forward a few months later to Spring 2012. I'm taken to hospital due to a health issue, and am diagnosed with Bipolar, explaining the reason why I was unable to perform at Top 10 IR program. I accepted, and am still taking, medication + therapy.
Fast-forward to the present, I'm doing great in school, am about to get published, and am aiming towards top IR grad programs after I graduate from undergrad.
The issue, as is likely obvious by now, is the omission of transcript information from my state university transfer admission application. Being clear-headed now, I understand that what I did can likely be classified as fraudulent admissionvery likely, in my opinion, putting a significant block in my academic future.
I have heard horror stories where people in similar situations have been found out, are blacklisted at their university and other universities, have been sued for "stealing" financial aid from that school, and, summarily, have their lives ruined as a result. I don't want this to happen to me.
I'd like to get input from someone on what my next steps should be. Given that I'm doing great work now, but have this issue, I am scared stiff of pursuing any kind of scholarships that might help me to pay for graduate schooland while I believe in my ability to perform at high levels given I continue my medication + therapy regimen, I am skeptical of my chances of getting into a good program without this proverbial Sword of Damocles dropping from the ceiling. I would very, very much appreciate any input from anyone willing to give it.
(yes, I know I'm probably ****ed if I apply; I need constructive input, not obvious information)