Hi all, I'm worried about what USMA will think about my extracurriculars. While I have a couple strong leadership activities such as yearbook editor-in-chief and track/field team captain, they were primarily positions held in 9-10 grade. As a 11-12 grader, I was a teacher assistant who led class math sessions and also I was in charge of my own freshman seminar class with another club. Yet, these are not traditional leadership activities and I'm worried they could be overlooked. My reasons for not getting involved in StuCo, class president, etc. is because I moved from the middle east following the Arab Spring/ an Islamist-inspired attack on my school in the middle of 10th grade. As such, I was just getting used to life in the US (only lived in the Middle East--father was a pilot there), a new school, and new life. More than that, my dad was very sick after moving here (various MRIs, lab test results, biopsies) and I had to help him out at home. I don't want USMA to think I am making excuses at all but these were my circumstances and I tried to make the best out of them. How would I go about saying something or should I even bother at all?