Does a DS have to be about Race/Ethinicity?

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Does a DS have to be about Race/Ethinicity?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:56 pm

As a Mexican American, I feel like I could probably right one about my ethnicity. But I also did about 400 hours of psychological research as a research assistant during undergrad, and I feel like this could just as easily add "diversity" to a 1L class...

Does anyone know whether or not DS are reserved only for subjects about URM, or if it is okay to write about other subjects as well?

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Re: Does a DS have to be about Race/Ethinicity?

Postby WhiteyCakes » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:07 pm

I know that DS don't have to be restricted to traditional definitions of diversity (race). For instance I wrote mine on being a parent, others wrote theirs on socio-economic diversity.

In your case, I'm not sure it would work, but it all depends on how you write it. It could come off as you being "just another psych major"

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Re: Does a DS have to be about Race/Ethinicity?

Postby defdef » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:33 am

Are there some examples of diversity statements where the subject is not "overcoming adversity"? Are there positive diversity statements? I think I would add quite a bit of diversity, but most of the examples I read are about how someone overcame a challenge and I really dislike that sort of tone as it feels forced to me.

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Re: Does a DS have to be about Race/Ethinicity?

Postby dingbat » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:36 am

defdef wrote:Are there some examples of diversity statements where the subject is not "overcoming adversity"? Are there positive diversity statements? I think I would add quite a bit of diversity, but most of the examples I read are about how someone overcame a challenge and I really dislike that sort of tone as it feels forced to me.

I'm a walking diversity statement and I milked it for all its worth without touching socioeconomic status or race/ethnicity

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Re: Does a DS have to be about Race/Ethinicity?

Postby defdef » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:39 am

dingbat wrote:
defdef wrote:Are there some examples of diversity statements where the subject is not "overcoming adversity"? Are there positive diversity statements? I think I would add quite a bit of diversity, but most of the examples I read are about how someone overcame a challenge and I really dislike that sort of tone as it feels forced to me.

I'm a walking diversity statement and I milked it for all its worth without touching socioeconomic status or race/ethnicity


But was it still an "overcoming adversity" pitch or something different?

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Re: Does a DS have to be about Race/Ethinicity?

Postby dingbat » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:50 am

defdef wrote:
dingbat wrote:
defdef wrote:Are there some examples of diversity statements where the subject is not "overcoming adversity"? Are there positive diversity statements? I think I would add quite a bit of diversity, but most of the examples I read are about how someone overcame a challenge and I really dislike that sort of tone as it feels forced to me.

I'm a walking diversity statement and I milked it for all its worth without touching socioeconomic status or race/ethnicity


But was it still an "overcoming adversity" pitch or something different?

My diversity focused on my diversity. My parents and grandparents have origins in 7 different countries, my siblings and I each live in a different continent, I have family in a dozen country's and I've lived in 3 countries for 5+ years.
I've travelled a lot (not as much as I'd like) and lived in many different environments.
I touched (briefly) on socioeconomic issues in my PS, but more to give color to my current trajectory, not as a focal point.
"overcoming diversity" is such an overplayed piece of BS, I steered clear of it, for thd most part.

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Re: Does a DS have to be about Race/Ethinicity?

Postby defdef » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:06 am

word, my story is pretty similar to the one you describe and i wanted to shoot towards how positive it has all been not towards any adversity i necessarily faced. thanks dingbat

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Re: Does a DS have to be about Race/Ethinicity?

Postby nygrrrl » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:19 am

LOL - Dingbat, that's amazing! My DS was similar in that it wasn't about overcoming adversity, it was about the unique things that I would bring to my lawl skool class, as a result of having a kind of crazy family/life experience. (Not quite as diverse as Dingbat's, but think along those lines.) I have only seen one "I've overcome..." DS that I really liked (and that one was flat-out one of the best essays I've ever read); what worked for me was saying, "Here is something about me that makes me really different from most applicants you'll see and here's how that something could make me a positive addition to this class, overall."
Or something like that.
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Re: Does a DS have to be about Race/Ethinicity?

Postby dingbat » Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:15 pm

nygrrrl wrote:LOL - Dingbat, that's amazing! My DS was similar in that it wasn't about overcoming adversity, it was about the unique things that I would bring to my lawl skool class, as a result of having a kind of crazy family/life experience. (Not quite as diverse as Dingbat's, but think along those lines.) I have only seen one "I've overcome..." DS that I really liked (and that one was flat-out one of the best essays I've ever read); what worked for me was saying, "Here is something about me that makes me really different from most applicants you'll see and here's how that something could make me a positive addition to this class, overall."
Or something like that.
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Re: Does a DS have to be about Race/Ethinicity?

Postby JCFindley » Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:17 pm

nygrrrl wrote:LOL - Dingbat, that's amazing! My DS was similar in that it wasn't about overcoming adversity, it was about the unique things that I would bring to my lawl skool class, as a result of having a kind of crazy family/life experience. (Not quite as diverse as Dingbat's, but think along those lines.) I have only seen one "I've overcome..." DS that I really liked (and that one was flat-out one of the best essays I've ever read); what worked for me was saying, "Here is something about me that makes me really different from most applicants you'll see and here's how that something could make me a positive addition to this class, overall."
Or something like that.
I need more coffee, today.


My resume was my diversity statement.




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