Very sorry to hear about this. It's a tough question to answer.This past fall, I went through a very stressful series of events that left me homeless for three weeks. I lived out of my car and stayed at friends' houses as much as I could. When I was finally able to get back into my house, my roommate moved out, leaving me to pay both of our rents. Since then, I have experienced a lot of financial trouble, to the point that I regularly skip meals to pay my rent and keep from getting evicted.
Despite all of this, I have remained a full-time undergraduate student, finished the fall semester with a 4.0 GPA, and continue to work and stay involved with a wide range of extracurriculars. I have also gained a greater sense of compassion for people who are in tough situations, and I have been investing more of my time into others. I applied to 21 medical schools last summer, and interviewed at four schools throughout early-mid fall. I was hoping for an acceptance from at least one of these schools, but I have now been waitlisted at every school where I interviewed.
Two of the schools where I am waitlisted take a lot of people off the waitlist and are very receptive to continuing communication from applicants. I plan on sending update letters/letters of interest to these schools at some point in the near future. Considering the gravity of my situation, would it be okay to talk about it briefly on my update letters? I don't want to come across like I'm looking for sympathy, but rather, I want these schools to see that I can work hard and succeed even in the face of extreme hardship. I have heard that schools like to know students have faced struggles in life, and I think this situation is a great example of how I have evolved as a person and learned to persevere in the face of hardship. However, I know this isn't really the kind of information students usually put on update letters.
I know this may be a stupid question, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask. Despite how terrible my situation has been lately, I am really proud of how well I have been handling it, and I know the persistence I possess would be a good fit for the medical school environment.