Am I a "Non-Traditional" Applicant?

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jay jay
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Am I a "Non-Traditional" Applicant?

Postby jay jay » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:41 am

I've been following the TLS forums for months now and finally decided to register and ask a question:

As the child of refugees from the Middle East (non-URM), would I be considered a "non-traditional" applicant? If so, what benefit, if any, is there to being non-traditional? Or is this refugee, American dream thing just a good topic for my PS and nothing else?

THANKS

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plenipotentiary
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Re: Am I a "Non-Traditional" Applicant?

Postby plenipotentiary » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:42 am

No. Non-traditional students are old people, basically.

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Re: Am I a "Non-Traditional" Applicant?

Postby s0ph1e2007 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:44 am

If my understanding is correct, that's not what non-traditional means. Non-traditional usually refers to people who have had careers already.
you should write a Diversity Statement though for those schools that allow it.

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Re: Am I a "Non-Traditional" Applicant?

Postby jay jay » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:49 am

Thanks, I just wasn't clear on what non-traditional means. Also, if I'm writing about this for my PS, would adding a DS just be redundant? Or am I better off writing on a different topic for PS and then using this for DS??

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Re: Am I a "Non-Traditional" Applicant?

Postby thrillerjesus » Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:01 am

plenipotentiary wrote:No. Non-traditional students are old people, basically.


We're not necessarily old. We're just not children.

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Re: Am I a "Non-Traditional" Applicant?

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:32 am

jay jay wrote:Thanks, I just wasn't clear on what non-traditional means. Also, if I'm writing about this for my PS, would adding a DS just be redundant? Or am I better off writing on a different topic for PS and then using this for DS??


Yes it will be redundant. Pick a different topic for your PS if you can and save the refugee stuff for the DS.

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Re: Am I a "Non-Traditional" Applicant?

Postby RUQRU » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:16 pm

plenipotentiary wrote:No. Non-traditional students are old people, basically.


Actually, a non-Trad is someone who:
    Has a job
    Has a mortgage
    may have kids
    is not someone coming out of undergrad with no clue

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Re: Am I a "Non-Traditional" Applicant?

Postby plenipotentiary » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:17 pm

RUQRU wrote:
plenipotentiary wrote:No. Non-traditional students are old people, basically.


Actually, a non-Trad is someone who:
    Has a job
    Has a mortgage
    may have kids
    is not someone coming out of undergrad with no clue


Apparently, a non-trad is also someone who is humorless.

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Re: Am I a "Non-Traditional" Applicant?

Postby mala2 » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:56 am

plenipotentiary wrote:
RUQRU wrote:
plenipotentiary wrote:No. Non-traditional students are old people, basically.


Actually, a non-Trad is someone who:
    Has a job
    Has a mortgage
    may have kids
    is not someone coming out of undergrad with no clue


Apparently, a non-trad is also someone who is humorless.


hmm sounding a little insecure about your lack of experience with the snarky comments




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