I am an international student with a 3.7 US equivalated GPA. I applied to a grad school program in the US fresh out of undergrad and was accepted.
I was a part-time student at that grad school. During the next semester, I took up some courses at a local community college instead of the grad courses (physics 1, chem 2, o-chem 2, o-chem lab). I ended up having situational depression and got help really late in the semester. I was only able to withdraw from one course early in the semester, and failed two courses, and got a B in one.
I am currently re-thinking the grad program I applied to at first and want to apply to another one. However, this program is more prestigious. While my undergrad GPA and experience are good enough for the school, I am worried about how my recent bad semester at the local cc will be interpreted to the admissions office.
BTW: These courses that I bombed are not pre-requisites for the program I am applying to.
Should I discuss this bad semester in my personal statement? Are my chances of acceptance really low because they are recent grades?