I've been juggling three different topics for the past few days now (maybe I'm thinking about it too much), and seem the decide between them. I was wondering if SDN could give its input: 1.) My family moved to a different city nearly every three years, and has never made more than 25K annual. I would talk about how my experiences made me a more diverse people-person who is better at "adapting." However, the adapting thing is pretty moot as my transcript shows two years of poor grades... And honestly, my family did a very good job keeping me comfortable... so I didn't actually "do" anything to overcome it. I just burned through the years with a smile. 2.) I moved churches 2 years into college to help a new church become established (worked with their praise band). We built the band from the ground up using fundraisers, and devoted a lot of time to training new members. It illustrates me as a proactive leader. However, it doesn't seem to be personal enough of an issue. Also, I know that religion may have negative connotations (whether conscious or not). 3.) This is my biggest LEGIT obstacle that I overcame I went in as an undergrad thinking I could pretty much handle everything. I was working a part-time job, and volunteering at the church nearly 30 hours a week. This led to 2 years of abysmal grades. But I learned my limitations as human being, and learned that its important to pace myself. This was followed by 2.5 years of >3.9 GPA. But, this does highlight my more "negative" application aspects.