what can be good DS topic?

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justhoping
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what can be good DS topic?

Postby justhoping » Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:53 pm

Would writing about having an undergrad degree in engineering and extensive research experience be a legit DS?
thanks!

ht2988
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Re: what can be good DS topic?

Postby ht2988 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:17 am

Doubt it.

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Re: what can be good DS topic?

Postby amorfati » Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:43 am

That's a little cold.

I think it *could* work, but you would have to craft it very, very carefully. It's definitely a non-traditional topic, as obviously most diversity statements are written based on race/socio-economic status/sexuality, etc... that is to say, things that cannot be changed/chosen (or at least not as easily as your major/field of interest).

On the other hand, though, if done properly, I think you could argue that you will bring a unique perspective. And ultimately, I think bringing diversity by way of carefully made decisions and life choices can be more valuable than simply playing the hand you were dealt. Also, from my perspective, ignoring the diversity statement option is conceding that because you're white/middle-class (etc), you bring nothing in terms of diversity -- or worse yet, that you didn't have the time/energy/desire to processing just what your contribution might be.

...basically, if you think you can do it well, then I say do it.

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Re: what can be good DS topic?

Postby DoubleChecks » Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:46 am

that topic feels like a stretch, and i dont think you ever should 'stretch' to write a DS

i mean, it IS optional...

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Re: what can be good DS topic?

Postby St.Remy » Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:53 am

DoubleChecks wrote:that topic feels like a stretch, and i dont think you ever should 'stretch' to write a DS

i mean, it IS optional...


+1, writing a DS about engineering and research seems like a guaranteed way to get adcomms to roll their eyes and think that you're full of BS.

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Re: what can be good DS topic?

Postby AreJay711 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:57 am

Why don't you write your PS about that if it is an important thing to consider?

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Re: what can be good DS topic?

Postby justhoping » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:04 pm

thanks everyone for the opinions, I think I'll incorporate this in PS then!




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