Should I write a DS?

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plsletmein

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Should I write a DS?

Post by plsletmein » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:03 pm

Currently, my PS centers around growing up as an immigrant and how our financial situation eventually led to an abusive relationship with my parents (and how I've overcome that adversity). This is probably the same topic I'd choose to write about if I did write a DS (the economic hardship/struggle, the abuse, etc., and how it changed my perspective).

I don't want to write a completely redundant diversity statement, though, since that would probably adversely affect my application, and writing about the same thing might run the risk of being redundant.

Is a diversity statement in this case necessary? Or does my PS serve as both in this situation? I also don't want to seem like I'm skimping out/putting in less effort, either.

Thanks :lol:

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Re: Should I write a DS?

Post by cavalier1138 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:41 am

I wouldn't bother with a DS. It sounds like your PS is covering all the relevant territory.

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Re: Should I write a DS?

Post by QContinuum » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:01 pm

cavalier1138 wrote:I wouldn't bother with a DS. It sounds like your PS is covering all the relevant territory.
This. The old adage that quantity is a quality all its own does not apply in the context of submitting more materials for the sake of submitting more materials. It's better to have a strong PS and no DS than to have a strong PS plus a redundant or weak DS. It's better to have 2 strong LORs than to have 2 strong LORs plus a lukewarm third LOR. It's better to go without a Why X than to submit an unconvincing Why X.

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Re: Should I write a DS?

Post by aromal31 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:38 am

Excellent thread...!!!

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Re: Should I write a DS?

Post by RoyalPains » Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:21 pm

Yes, but only if you think you can successfully retell your story in a way that is not repetitive. So, basically what others have said.

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