I am a Junior at my high school, and I recently had an interview with my guidance counselour. We were talking about my grades throughout my high school career and he wanted to know why my GPA was so low my freshman year (3.25) compared to my sophomore and junior year (3.8 and a 4.0). I told him that this was the first year that my dad had gone to Iraq and he told me that I should mention it in my college applications, as it could be considered extenuating circumstances.
I had never thought about this before as it simply did not register that colleges could consider this. So in summary here is the question:
Could my father leaving for Iraq in the beginning of my freshman year be considered extenuating circumstances?
He is still there by the way, and has been for three years. Its been something I've had to cope with my whole career, but it was something that really affected me freshman year.