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Should I discuss my suspension in my personal essay?
Way back when in sophomore, I had a temporary lapse of judgment and had gotten suspended due to alcohol possession at a school event. However, it was a one-time thing and I've definitely learned and grown since then. Overall, I am a straight-A student, honor roll, not a smidge on my transcript besides that and scored high on my SAT&ACTS, as well as participate in a lot of extracurriculars. I know personal statements are supposed to be powerful and well, personal. So I'm wondering, should I mention my suspension as my personal statement and how it affected me and how I've learned and grown from it (I feel like it could be powerful and different and set me apart from all the other straight-A kids)? Or since most public schools don't even see disciplinary records unless they specifically request for it, should I just not mention it because it could hinder my chances of getting in?4 replies