I plead guilty and was suspended for plagiarism (for a lab exercise) during my first year in undergrad. I felt extremely bad and apologized to my professor on the spot without even thinking of defending myself. I took the penalty suspension of 2 months which automatically forfeit my entire first semester for my sophomore year. Those two months were filled with anxiety and depression and I almost dropped out of college because of it. Safe to say I committed myself to continue pursuing my course because I was very passionate about it, I powered through, and I'm currently in my last year as an undergraduate.
The field I want to get into usually requires a graduate degree and I was thinking of pursuing a master's degree after I graduate, however when I was looking up some applications some of them required that I mention and explain if I've ever had academic delinquency.
I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience who took up a master's degree or knows something about this situation. How would you suggest I go about this?