We realize that this may not qualify, and it is not being used as an excuse to explain poor academic performance (that didn’t happen). But there were certainly unusual circumstances, and kid came through with flying colors, showing persistence and independent self-reliance. Kid says it doesn’t matter, no one wants to hear about it, others had family members get sick and die, he feels he should leave it blank.
Mother is on treatment for lymphoma (totally immunosuppressed), so kid had to fly 2000 miles away immediately after school closed, to live with 23 yr old brother in his small one bedroom unit, in order to avoid going on 100% isolation. Kid did have good internet access and a computer. Brother was an essential worker, working 65 hours/week in the bedroom, so if kid wanted food in the house, had to put on a backpack and hoof it a mile to the stores and carry it back, and prepare it. Kid kept up with heavy honors/AP courseload, continued with very high-level music program (went online), found himself a practice space for him and his noisy brass instrument (a home renovation company’s garage, which he could use after hours). We joked that after this, going away to college would be a breeze. Kid has lived with friends or in our walled off basement ever since.
I think it’s relevant. Kid thinks it’s entitled, when some people had much worse happen. Opinions, please?