Originally Posted by Iwillheal
Psychadelic, I certainly agree with everything you said. However, the questions remains, how does one explain a major setback. I am not part of the admission committee in my school and so I don't know, maybe the committee sees a big gap in the applicant's CV and not think about it twice.
I dunno. I had a major mid-twenties setback. Let's just say it was a major life event involving family and/or relationship issues that sent me into a huge downward spiral. I'm now mid-thirties. Really? Some committee of academics is going to look at that and require me to explain it? If they even notice it? I highly doubt it. I mean, if a committee is even going to ask about a setback, in the midst of a CV full of accomplishments (which would be necessary to be in the running as an applicant), I think something is terribly amiss. Either that or the applicant should rethink applying to that particular institution/program--plenty of places will see the big picture, no point in wasting time with those who won't. If they want someone "perfect" with no life behind 'em, no amount of asking or explaining will make it better.