I am finishing up my PharmCAS a bit later than I wanted... I feel like no matter what I do my personal statement might sound like I am making excuses, but they also ask about certain life circumstances and hurtles that may have led to you having less experience or a lower gpa, etc... I am a student currently taking 17 credit hours and I am a mom of 3 kids. Two of my kids have autism and are predominantly non-verbal. I also have chronic illness and OCD/anxiety disorder. What do I leave in? What do I leave out? I don't want to ruin my chances by being too honest about any issues I have had or sounding like I am whining. My GPA is lower (3.2 or 3.3 or something like that) due to a past abusive relationship where I ended up leaving the relationship but failed a semester. My last few semesters were 1. A, A, A, C 2. B, B, B, B then an A in Organic Chemistry I this past summer and this one is straight As (Organic Chemistry II Lab and Lecture, Anthropology, Calculus and Physical Science). The truth is that with school being unpaid I could not afford to have unpaid experience and while taking 17 credit hours, some being in person, I have been unable to work. I will be able to work and get experience come January since I won't have any face-to-face courses at all. Do you think it is okay to explain this part of my situation? That having no car and children with special needs plus going to school in person has left me little time to gain experience in the field but I have connections that should allow me to start as a tech in January... thank you for any advice.