Transferring After A Semester Off?
I'm currently a sophomore at a liberal arts university and I'm dying to transfer to an art school. However, due to emotional problems last semester my GPA took a serious hit when I got an F in a freshman seminar class. My current cumulative GPA is a 2.2, and even assuming I make all As and Bs this semester, my GPA will still be a 2.7+ (I'm really, really, really embarrassed with my GPA).
My question is, if I took the spring semester off to take a mental health break from classes in order to improve my academic performance, would that help or hurt my opportunity to transfer to another school for the fall? If I stayed enrolled for the spring semester, I could beef up my GPA with some more grades, but I'm worried staying in class will only hurt my GPA because I'm so stressed and burned out. But I'm also worried my GPA will screw me out of the scholarships I need to pay for tuition anyway, since I'm applying to new universities.