Writing a personal statement as a white male

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Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby Mauve Dinosaur » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:24 pm

I came from a nice, stable middle-class family too! This is brutal. What the hell do they expect me to write?!

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby 23402385985 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:26 pm

Just mention how you love being white, etc. Go full on Louis C.K. on them.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby acrossthelake » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:26 pm

:roll:
Yes, because the only thing minorities and females write about is that they're minorities and female. And white men can't possibly have anything interesting to say about themselves. Really?

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby 20121109 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:28 pm

acrossthelake wrote::roll:
Yes, because the only thing minorities and females write about is that they're minorities and female. And white men can't possibly have anything interesting to say about themselves. Really?


Exactly.

As a minority female, I didn't mention either my sex or my race in my PS, and didn't even include a DS.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby Ernert » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:28 pm

acrossthelake wrote::roll:
Yes, because the only thing minorities and females write about is that they're minorities and female. And white men can't possibly have anything interesting to say about themselves. Really?


+1

Diversity statement may be tough to pull off, but PS you'll be fine.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby Bildungsroman » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:29 pm

This isn't a diversity statement; you don't need any special race, gender, or background to write one. Have you ever been in a leadership position? Struggled with a difficult project (not a class project)? Done something ambitious and failed/succeeded? Done anything that broadened your cultural experience? Volunteered? These are all questions that can help you find a PS topic. Hell, I'm as undistinguished and plain as they come and I still found a PS to write.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby Samara » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:32 pm

joncrooshal wrote:Just mention how you love being white, etc. Go full on Louis C.K. on them.

I don't know up about you, but as a white male, I am definitely re-upping this year. (Also, I wrote my PS about a particular academic/advocacy interest of mine.)

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby 23402385985 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:36 pm

Samara wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:Just mention how you love being white, etc. Go full on Louis C.K. on them.

I don't know up about you, but as a white male, I am definitely re-upping this year. (Also, I wrote my PS about a particular academic/advocacy interest of mine.)


I already sent in my application to re-up. Don't forget, (white) guys!

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby paratactical » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:38 pm

Write about that bake sale you're planning.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby 23402385985 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:41 pm

paratactical wrote:Write about that bake sale you're planning.


Look, not all white guys are into meth.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby kublaikahn » Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:44 am

Write about growing a hairy back and having bad skin in high school. You poor bastard. Or how your parents made you pay for your own car insurance after you crashed your mom's audi.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby sach1282 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:13 pm

See the Ask Asha post about the overcoming obstacle PS (http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/admissi ... art-i.aspx)

You don't have to write about a problem to have a successful PS.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby 071816 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:16 pm

Write about going camping with your family and your love of frisbee sports.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby caminante » Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:13 pm

chimp wrote:Write about going camping with your family and your love of frisbee sports.


Don't forget to mention skiing, sailing, and golf.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby LawSchoolChampion » Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:20 pm

Talk about how your love of mayonnaise and white bread has brought you to a new intellectual level.

In fact - don't.

That is my PS.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby jim-green » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:43 am

Samara wrote:I don't know up about you, but as a white male, I am definitely re-upping this year. (Also, I wrote my PS about a particular academic/advocacy interest of mine.)
What does re-up mean?

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby Samara » Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:02 pm

jim-green wrote:
Samara wrote:I don't know up about you, but as a white male, I am definitely re-upping this year. (Also, I wrote my PS about a particular academic/advocacy interest of mine.)
What does re-up mean?

It's a paraphrasing of a Louis C.K. bit about being a white guy. The use of the term "re-up" in this context is ironic because it typically means to replenish one's stash of illicit drugs one is selling (stereotypically associated with inner-city African-American males), though "re-up" has entered the American lexicon with a more general meaning of replenishing or resubscribing. </pedant>

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby drmguy » Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:04 pm

joncrooshal wrote:Just mention how you love being white, etc. Go full on Louis C.K. on them.


+1

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby bjsesq » Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:05 pm

Amazing how many people bit on this one.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:06 pm

Samara wrote:
jim-green wrote:
Samara wrote:I don't know up about you, but as a white male, I am definitely re-upping this year. (Also, I wrote my PS about a particular academic/advocacy interest of mine.)
What does re-up mean?

It's a paraphrasing of a Louis C.K. bit about being a white guy. The use of the term "re-up" in this context is ironic because it typically means to replenish one's stash of illicit drugs one is selling (stereotypically associated with inner-city African-American males), though "re-up" has entered the American lexicon with a more general meaning of replenishing or resubscribing. </pedant>
I always thought that 're-up' originally referred to reinlisting in the military. I've never heard it used in reference to drug stashes.

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby 071816 » Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:11 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
Samara wrote:
jim-green wrote:
Samara wrote:I don't know up about you, but as a white male, I am definitely re-upping this year. (Also, I wrote my PS about a particular academic/advocacy interest of mine.)
What does re-up mean?

It's a paraphrasing of a Louis C.K. bit about being a white guy. The use of the term "re-up" in this context is ironic because it typically means to replenish one's stash of illicit drugs one is selling (stereotypically associated with inner-city African-American males), though "re-up" has entered the American lexicon with a more general meaning of replenishing or resubscribing. </pedant>
I always thought that 're-up' originally referred to reinlisting in the military. I've never heard it used in reference to drug stashes.


That's the only context in which I've ever heard the phrase lol

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:31 pm

chimp wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:I always thought that 're-up' originally referred to reinlisting in the military. I've never heard it used in reference to drug stashes.


That's the only context in which I've ever heard the phrase lol
Merriam-Webster sez:
re–up verb \(ˌ)rē-ˈəp\
intransitive verb
: to sign on again <re-upped with the team for three more years>; especially : to enlist again

Origin of RE-UP
re- + sign up
First Known Use: circa 1906

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Re: Writing a personal statement as a white male

Postby Samara » Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:01 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
chimp wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:I always thought that 're-up' originally referred to reinlisting in the military. I've never heard it used in reference to drug stashes.


That's the only context in which I've ever heard the phrase lol
Merriam-Webster sez:
re–up verb \(ˌ)rē-ˈəp\
intransitive verb
: to sign on again <re-upped with the team for three more years>; especially : to enlist again

Origin of RE-UP
re- + sign up
First Known Use: circa 1906

Huh, learn something new every day. I've always just seen that as re-enlist. I've only ever heard re-up from The Wire, etc.

ETA: I'm pretty sure Louis C.K. was referencing it as a drug term, but who knows.




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