Is a DS absolutely necessary?

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mikeylikesit
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Is a DS absolutely necessary?

Postby mikeylikesit » Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:12 pm

I am a Mexican American and I identify with my heritage - but I don't feel I have anything really compelling to say about it.

Do you get a URM boost regardless of whether you do a diversity statement or not? Or is it really worth it to muster up something to say?

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Re: Is a DS absolutely necessary?

Postby BlakcMajikc » Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:17 pm

Write the DS. It's worth it.

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Re: Is a DS absolutely necessary?

Postby bk1 » Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:44 pm

Decent DS > No DS > Forced or Crappy DS

If you can't write something decent then don't write anything at all.

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Re: Is a DS absolutely necessary?

Postby BlakcMajikc » Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:10 am

bk1 wrote:If you can't write something decent then don't write anything at all. go to law school


Write the DS. It's like answering all of the questions on a job interview.

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Re: Is a DS absolutely necessary?

Postby EKR11 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:42 am

Is a DS necessary if your Personal Statement touches on a number of the same things that you may have mentioned in your DS?

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Re: Is a DS absolutely necessary?

Postby BlakcMajikc » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:22 am

EKR11 wrote:Is a DS necessary if your Personal Statement touches on a number of the same things that you may have mentioned in your DS?


Talk about something different in your DS than in your PS.
edit: If you very very briefly mentioned something in your PS, then you can expound upon it in your DS. Just try to make the overlap as minimal or as smooth as possible.

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Re: Is a DS absolutely necessary?

Postby vulpixie » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:19 pm

mikeylikesit wrote:Do you get a URM boost regardless of whether you do a diversity statement or not?


Yes. Don't write the DS if you don't think you have anything interesting to say. The adcoms will hate reading a boring DS.




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