How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

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How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby semicollante » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:19 pm

My GPA is 3.3 and LSAT 172 (retaking in December), and I'm shooting for Columbia & NYU. I had to work full time during college, and I'm an URM. Is there any way to make sure that schools will notice this before auto-rejecting me?
I read that a diversity statement would help, but I already sent in my app for early decision. Would it be bad to email them my diversity statement as additional information?
Thanks!

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby kaiser » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:21 pm

What kind of URM?

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby Antrim » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:21 pm

semicollante wrote:172 URM


You won't be auto rejected.

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby gaud » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:22 pm

Antrim wrote:
semicollante wrote:172 URM


You won't be auto rejected.

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby semicollante » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:24 pm

Antrim wrote:
semicollante wrote:172 URM


You won't be auto rejected.


Thanks :), but I know my GPA is really lower than 25th percentile, so a little nervous.

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby semicollante » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:26 pm

kaiser wrote:What kind of URM?


it's rather personal, but it has to do with extreme financial hardships, escaping political persecution etc

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby gaud » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:26 pm

semicollante wrote:
Antrim wrote:
semicollante wrote:172 URM


You won't be auto rejected.


Thanks :), but I know my GPA is really lower than 25th percentile, so a little nervous.



It is a little low but consider that a 172 is difficult to achieve in itself... and you have a +1 on that by being a URM.

good luck on your cycle

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby TommyK » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:26 pm

:lol:

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby Antrim » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:27 pm

semicollante wrote:
kaiser wrote:What kind of URM?


it's rather personal, but it has to do with extreme financial hardships, escaping political persecution etc



...?

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby semicollante » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:28 pm

gaud wrote:
semicollante wrote:
Antrim wrote:
semicollante wrote:172 URM


You won't be auto rejected.


Thanks :), but I know my GPA is really lower than 25th percentile, so a little nervous.



It is a little low but consider that a 172 is difficult to achieve in itself... and you have a +1 on that by being a URM.

good luck on your cycle


Thank you! :) good luck to you too!

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby 20130312 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:08 am

URM = African American, Mexican American, Native American, or Puerto Rican. If you are none of these, then you aren't considered a URM.

But that LSAT should be able to get you into some good schools either way! Good luck.

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby 03121202698008 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:16 am

InGoodFaith wrote:URM = African American, Mexican American, Native American, or Puerto Rican. If you are none of these, then you aren't considered a URM.

But that LSAT should be able to get you into some good schools either way! Good luck.

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby 89vision » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:12 pm

Why didn't you write a diversity statement originally?

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby semicollante » Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:09 pm

89vision wrote:Why didn't you write a diversity statement originally?


I know it's a little stupid, but my personal statement touched on the subject, and I thought it would be enough. I have now reconsidered, and wanted to write a full fledged diversity statement. Should I?

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby MrKappus » Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:19 pm

Flame.

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Re: How to get a particular trait noticed before auto-rejected?

Postby vanwinkle » Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:21 pm

If it's something you already talked about in your PS, you might annoy them by trying to add a new addendum that duplicates that info. Usually a DS is used to cover things they aren't mentioned in the PS, and some people integrate their diversity info into their PS. As long as you said enough to get the message across, they'll notice it.




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