How do I Explain My "Extenuating Circumstances" without Sounding like Debbie Downer?

<p>Question: I’m a high school senior who has applied to a wide array of colleges–from Tennessee Tech to Emory–and many of the essays that colleges have asked me to write have involved my “extenuating circumstances.” I have plenty. I live in a warehouse, my mother works four jobs and has no health insurance to pay [...]</p>

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