Diversity Statement

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mooimacat
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Diversity Statement

Postby mooimacat » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:09 pm

Hello all,

I am having a bit of an issue formulating a diversity statement. So a little background about me:
-emigrated to the U.S. when I was 12.
-constantly bullied through middle school (because of my thick accent), which I used as a catalyst to earn good grades.
-First in my family to graduate high school.
-My family struggled financially but were able to help me earn my associate's and then I paid my bachelor's. Never took out a loan.
-First in my family to graduate college.

I'm guessing I just need some help on to how to articulate my struggles and not just tell adcomms a sob story. Thanks in advance!

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clueless801
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Re: Diversity Statement

Postby clueless801 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:12 pm

Minor nitpicky thing: the word you wanna use is immigrate. You immigrate TO, and emigrate FROM. Unless you're leaving the US to go somewhere else in case nvm.

I'm still figuring out what to write for mine, but your essay should essentially answer what do you bring to the table that's different from everyone else - what characteristics about you as a result of your experiences can contribute to those around you?

Maaza
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Re: Diversity Statement

Postby Maaza » Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:50 am

Here are some examples to help you discuss your adversity w/o feeling like its turning into a sob story:

http://blog.spiveyconsulting.com/exampl ... tatements/




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