I went on a leave of absence for medical reasons.
Everyone knows what "medical reasons" really means - I couldn't handle the stresses Penn threw at me. I'm not ashamed to say Penn exacerbated my depression and anxiety, and I'm not ashamed to say I needed to take time off to get my drive and sense of purpose back. I'm happy to be back on campus, and after a leave, I have a whole new outlook on my time at Penn. I don't regret my leave at all, and I would suggest it to anyone who's struggling.