[Edit: I am marking as answered as the question feels a bit self indulgent, my apologies, i am trying to delete it but it wont let me]
My first year of college I got 4.0, but during my second year, my depression got the best of me and I quit having the motivation to even go to class.
I was able to fight it, and get mostly A's and B's, with the occasional C, for the remaining undergrad career. However, as that first year was at a Junior College (albeit a respected one), my official transcript from my university does not include those grades in its overall GPA calculations. So I can only report to employers my Uni GPA, as it lists the Junior College as "T" (Transfer) for the grade.
I want to convey to employers I am better than my GPA would indicate but I would rather not explain to them the reason behind the poor GPA as I fear they may have concerns hiring me with a past of depression and suicidal tendencies.
Should I address this in the application, during an interview, or just not mention it at all?
Edit Applying for engineering where GPA is about the only way to even get an interview fresh out of college, unless you know someone who can help. Earlier semesters mean early in college career which normally mean Freshman to Sophomore.
And no I am not being treated medically, I don't like taking meds. My main concern is how to address this period of poor performance without lying or raising concerns.
Because I have friends who interviewed for similar jobs and they went through their transcript with them sitting right there and asked them about every grade that wasn't an A.
Its also not an official medical condition, as I never sought treatment.