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send it over to I'll read it and comment on it by Monday. Best of luck.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Ignore- don't read
« on: December 06, 2005, 08:32:30 PM »
Lol, mine is 114 I think.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: U of Penn starting?
« on: December 06, 2005, 02:06:25 PM »
Hmm.. I got merit fee waivers from U of San Diego and from another LS in CA. Don't remember which one b/c the waiver went straight into trashcan. I also got several annoying letters and emails from the U of Miami. I am not a U.S. citizen, not even a Green card holder, and I never lived in California or Florida. It's strange then that JesseJ did not get any of the waivers that I got.

This is what I thought, Gemini. However, this is not what deloggio advises.

At the same time, reading Montauk's book, I got the impression that adcoms do not like overloaded applications.

I submitted an "overcoming obstacles" short essay for several schools; for others, like U Mich, I'll submit Why U Mich and possibly a diversity statement I wrote earlier.

Anyone would like to read my addendum and tell me if it works as the optional diversity statement for GULC, U Mich and Duke?

There are unlikely to be any grammatical or structural mistakes in this essay; hence, I am primarily interested in someone critiquing the content.

Thanks a lot!!!!


Actually, I am going to write a diversity statement. Yesterday, after reading jb1246a's post, I came up with a way to address my diversity from a different angle. This way the personal statement and the diversity statement will not repeat each other.

This is what I'll do: since in my personal statement I discussed specifically my background, in my diversity statement, I'll discuss my perception of the world, and how it differs from that of the mainstream. I'll back this up by showing how my unique perception propelled me to engage in different ECs, etc. Hope it helps! Let me know if you have further questions.

On this note, Jb1246a, thank you so much!

Thanks so much, jb1246a!

If I use Times Roman 11, my statement will perfectly fit into two pages :)

My PS clearly demonstrates my unique background (national origin) and how it affected my goals. The rest of my application shows my motivation, and it is somewhat evident that I came from a disadvantaged socio-econ environment.

Hence the question: would it be rational at all to include a diversity statement? I am afraid it will be superfluous. I'd like to avoid repeats in my application. On the other hand, what if adcoms totally misses my socio-econ environment? This is unlikely, but still a possibility...

Thanks for advice.


Mine is 2 pages and a paragraph, 12, Times Roman, double-spaced, and I am not going to shorten it.

Perhaps, you'd be better off shortening it; perhaps, not so.

I read the book How to Get into HLS several times from start to finish, and some PSs of HLS students definitely went over 2 pages limit. Hmm.. maybe app requirements have changed over the last few years? I don't know. Just go with what you think is best for you in light of all the advice on this board.

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