ok so i am taking a break from studying for physics and decided to calculate some gpa projections. turns out the best i can do is a 3.4-3.5 range assuming all A's from here out (bout 60 credits or so, some tough kinesiology courses coming up). so realistically my gpa will be at 3.2-3.3. here's my question to you all. when i apply for dschool, how should i go about explaining my crappy first year of college? should I just explain my situation that was at hand in my personal statement or do something else??? I had thought about making a graph or chart (very professional looking) to illustrate just how much I've changed from my first year(ex. Improvement trend and comparison of work from old school UW-madison to new school UMinnesota-duluth). basically i want to graphically illustrate for them the enormous turn around i made. i just want to mention i also took a semester off to get things straight. as of right now I have yet to recieve a grade below a B+ and this spring semester I will have completed Physics I, Chem I (redo), Bio I, Psych, and an elective which totaled 22 credits in one semester. at this exact moment I have an A, A+, A+, B, A (grades correspond to how i listed my classes). Basically, if I was not to count my first year I would be sitting on a 3.7-3.8 range gpa. I really want to illustrate this to all the schools I apply to, hence the snazy graph idea to get their attention since people rather look at pictures then words. What does everyone think? Would such a thing be a good idea? Would it be looked at as excess material and just be thrown away? Any suggestions?? sorry for the post, i blame it to the hectic semester and the high anxiety i'm now experiencing due to finals on the horizon.