medical conditions = diversity fodder?

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medical conditions = diversity fodder?

Postby darcol764 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:52 pm

I'm guessing this has already been covered somewhere so I apologize in advance, but does anyone have a sense of the effect that having a rather unique medical condition can have on admissions chances? I want to use the optional diversity statement that most schools have to write about overcoming heart disease (three of my heart valves leak and i have had a pacemaker since I was 9 years old). Frankly it was an ace in the hole for me when I applied to undergrad and i was hoping that if I can write about it well and couple it with my 3.6 and 166, a few top 20 schools might bite?

thanks for the help!

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Re: medical conditions = diversity fodder?

Postby hijodehombre » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:05 am

I'll write what I wrote in another thread (viewtopic.php?f=14&t=128578), it has the potential to be a compelling PS, but not a DS, imo.
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bk1
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Re: medical conditions = diversity fodder?

Postby bk1 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:05 am

I don't think this would make a DS topic.

darcol764
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Re: medical conditions = diversity fodder?

Postby darcol764 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:12 am

really? if its not race or socioeconomic it doesnt count?

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Re: medical conditions = diversity fodder?

Postby trudat15 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:30 am

darcol764 wrote:really? if its not race or socioeconomic it doesnt count?


I've seen sexuality as well. But medical condition overcoming seems more like a PS.

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Re: medical conditions = diversity fodder?

Postby wolfpack11 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:57 am

What about being physically handicapped ? Go diversity or PS ?

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Re: medical conditions = diversity fodder?

Postby manbearwig » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:59 pm

I think the reason this possibly wouldn't work as a DS is because diversity statements are about how you can bring a unique viewpoint to the campus. While you may have a compelling story, it doesn't sound like something that can bring a new spin to class discussions in general. Race or socioeconomic factors can do this because they probably had a huge effect on how that person was raised and grew up. Even with a medical condition, if a person grew up in a white, middle class social environment, they're still going to think like a white, middle class individual. Any differences about how you don't would be best addressed in a PS.

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Re: medical conditions = diversity fodder?

Postby Grizz » Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:08 pm

Probably not going to help much, if at all, and I'd retake if you want T20. A 2-4 more points would do you nicely.

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Re: medical conditions = diversity fodder?

Postby St.Remy » Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:35 pm

Certain medical conditions or handicaps I think would work for a DS, but only if the person reading it could clearly see how the condition or handicap would directly lead to being treated differently, having a significantly different perspective, etc. I think for most medical conditions though a DS would be ill advised.

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Re: medical conditions = diversity fodder?

Postby 2ofspades » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:54 pm

bk1 wrote:I don't think this would make a DS topic.

I agree, but I also don't think including it would hurt your chances. Best to include it so that you don't have to wonder "what if." Good luck!

St.Remy wrote:Certain medical conditions or handicaps I think would work for a DS, but only if the person reading it could clearly see how the condition or handicap would directly lead to being treated differently, having a significantly different perspective, etc.

I agree with this too. I think diseases like HIV or paralysis would be excellent examples, but I don't see how a treatable heart condition would result in an admissions boost.




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