GAIAtheCHEERLEADER wrote:Correlation =/= Causation.
I sincerely doubt the name made a difference in your friend's application. I know plenty of AAs with the last name of Smith, Jones etc. didn't write a DS, and the boost was still apparent. The boost is based purely on how you self-identify on your app...a DS is always credited, though. Why not exhaust all the avenues in which to present yourself to the adcomms?
Thanks for that tip on logic. African-Americans in general are not easily identifiable by name alone. So like you said, there are plenty black guys named John Smith, or Carl Jones.
However the same doesn't apply to Mexican-Americans in general. Most Mexican-Americans have Hispanic names. Rarely you will see a Jose Jones, or Juan Smith.
So if an adcomm sees an application with a box checked AA and the persons name is John Smith, it doesn't really matter because most black people don't have African names per se.
But if an adcomm sees an application with a box checked Mexican-American, and a name like John Smith, then they are probably going to be a bit suspicious.
lonerightly wrote:Is your last name Hispanic sounding? I have a pretty good friend from UG who applied this year, and is also half-mexican but his last name is Scottish (dad is white) and he received little to no boost at all. His numbers were right around yours slightly lower LSAT (169.)
I'd say you have a good chance at most places as is, but an even better chance if they think you are a URM. Although I have my doubts if you don't really have ties to the community and it shows in your DS then you might end up like my friend, unless your last name is Gonzalez or Perez or something like that.
No, my Mexican blood is from my mother's side, and my mom took my dad's last name and of course I received that last name as well.
Do you know what boxes he checked and if he wrote a DS?
I didn't say I don't really have ties to the community. I do, but they're not super strong, mainly family ties. I'm not extremely actively involved or anything. I just got an internship this summer though that is with a PI law firm that provides low income, primarily Mexican-American families with legal assistance, and is also staffed mainly by Mexican-Americans. Hopefully this will show some activity in the Mexican-American community, we'll see if it helps.
Anyways, thanks for the input.
Yeah he checked the box, only the Mexican-American box. He wrote a DS but he doesn't really have a cultural connection. Mom immigrated here but went to HS here and everyone speaks English. He doesn't even speak Spanish. So although he wrote a DS I don't know how much it helped if at all considering there really isn't a lot of substance to it. He said himself that he never faced the same discrimination other Mexican-Americans faced, when it came to language, poverty, etc that other first generation kids did.
So it might not be the same for you but, I think if you are honest you should get a boost relatively to how you self-identify.