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If I were you, I would have the counselor address it in his or her letter, but I would ask him or her to not specify the disorder and just say that you were facing health challenges your freshman and sophomore years that are now being successfully managed. Unfortunately, depression and other mental illnesses are often viewed negatively by college admissions.
It won't matter which you put first and which you put second. They will see both. I think education is usually listed as most recent to least recent. You could opt to just leave both GPAs off. I wouldn't include the undergrad GPA and omit the grad GPA, though.
The rank of the graduate program correlates more closely to the sum of all other factors.
Generally speaking, grad schools don't really care where you went to undergrad so long as it's a "real" university (i.e. not a for profit school) and you have a good GPA, good GRE, as much research experience as possible (probably THE single most crucial aspect of grad school applications, especially for a Ph.D.), and solid letters of recommendation.
I know people from very small, less-known universities/colleges who got into excellent graduate programs. I know people from excellent undergrad universities who got completely shut out in the graduate school admissions process.
Win a Noble Prize, cure cancer, or have your parents donate enough money to have a building named after your family.
In all seriousness, there is only so much you can do, especially after getting off to a rocky start freshman year. There are so many excellent schools outside of one athletic conference (the Ivy League). There is no reason to hone in on these 8 schools when there are many other great choices. Start researching schools outside the Ivy League - I'm sure you'll find some you love (even maybe *gasp* a state school). There are many fantastic biochem, bio, or chem programs in this country! Time to broaden your horizons!
When my mother was alive, I loved Mother's Day! I loved picking our the perfect card and the perfect gift and planning something to make her feel special! Every Mother's Day she'd thank my sister and me for making her a mother and we would just laugh. I do not have children of my own yet (unless fur babies count), and although I adore my mother-in-law and am more than happy to celebrate her, Mother's Day is still difficult for me. I usually get a little down on Mother's Day, but am grateful to have had so many wonderful memories with my mom before she passed. She was my best friend and I like to believe she's still with me every day. Looking forward to one day when Mother's Day is a happier day for me.