mmkitkat wrote:Just jumping on the bandwagon here...
LSAT: October 2011, diagnostic 165 but doing a lot of prep between now and then (hoping for 170+)
GPA: 3.86 (mostly upward trend, but last semester was my worst so far)
URM: black female
pretty average softs (community service, sorority and professional fraternity leadership)
Favorite Reaches: Yale, Stanford, Duke (probably ED)
Favorite Targets: Hastings, Pepperdine, Penn State
Safeties: I haven't found any yet. Go big or go home, I guess
PS: still working on it, about community service experiences
would it do me any good to write a DS? Honestly, I'm kind of what people would call an oreo (black on the outside, white on the inside)...
In regards to a DS, has identifying yourself as an "oreo" produced any particular hurdles for you? Is it you who thinks this or have you been labeled this by other members of the black community? What makes you an "oreo?" ... Is your family well off? Do you speak differently? Listen to different music? Dress differently? ... I'm curious.
I'm not asking these questions to spark up the "what is black or what is white" debate, although I have always found the "oreo" concept to be an interesting one, to say the least. I ask, because I too, am in a similar situation. Holding political views outside of black groupthink hasn't always made me a popular black woman where I'm from. "Oreo," "Sellout," "Uncle Tom," and "Aint Jamima" are hurtful and degrading labels used by members of our own community as a means of ostracizing what is different and uncommon. I plan to write about my experiences with this in my DS and discuss what I've done on my campus and in my community to try and bridge the gaps and promote more understanding, tolerance and inclusion.
I would suggest looking into the reasons why you felt compelled to express your oreoness in the same sentence when discussing diversity and channeling that into a DS. Most schools will likely know that you are a black female from your application. If you chose to write a DS and want it to stand out from the cookie-cutter ones, highlighting what makes you stand out in the black community is a great way of doing that. I have sat on the scholarship review board for my university's diversity scholarship for incoming freshman for the last two years. From those experiences, I've learned that applicants who even takes a half step over the "I'm black and grew up poor and this makes me a diverse candidate" threshold really stand out and adcoms see that them as very self-aware students.
Please don't feel compelled to write a DS just because you're black. Too many people fall into this trap when trying to capitalize on the URM boost (which I'm not accusing you of, btw) and have nothing enlightening to say, which makes their DS read as generic and empty. I don't know you and I don't know the reasoning behind why people would refer to you as an "oreo." I can say that if you find yourself with some interesting and controversial answers to those questions, a DS addressing them would make your application that much stronger. IMO