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DS needs help

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:13 pm
by mrr111
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Re: DS needs help

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:07 pm
by IfByWhiskey770
mrr111 wrote:I feel like I'm an everyday person. Run of the mill. I grew up in a small town in Ohio. I am the product of a split family, which I talk about in my personal statement. I am white, female, American, born to American parents. I do have freckles which always made me feel awkward and different. But can one really write a diversity statement about freckles?!?!

I should add that my father is gay and came out of the closet when I was 14. But at the time I lived 1000 miles away from him. While it affected my life, I don't know if its really appropriate to discuss.

I am married to a hispanic man. At the very least I could say I have hispanic in me....every night! LOL

Need help. What direction should I go in?


I talk about being gay in my PS and DS. The trick is relating that experience to how it gives you a unique perspective on social issues. Anyone can talk about how it's affected them socially, but now it needs to be in the context of the law. There's a whole section devoted to LGBT applicants on the LSAC website. The thing with your father is really unique and I think the adcomms will see it that way. But it has to be treated with a ton of care. It's not necessarily "inappropriate." You can talk about how this experience has shaped your views toward the LGBT community, if it has.

Re: DS needs help

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:29 pm
by mrr111
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Re: DS needs help

Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:41 am
by eve2490
You came from a "typical" "ordinary" background and your dad gave you and your family something you werent used to. It affected you on some level and maybe you became a more open person today? Further, you are married to somebody that shares a different culture and a different skintone from you. You could definitely talk about how the diversity of others has shaped you and what kind of person it has made you today LOL! to the every night, including that in your DS will definitely spice it up for your readers haha kidding.