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Do they say this out loud?   ???

No, but that isn't the point.

If you saw me, and were asked to identify my race, you would say I'm black.  That's essentially a good guideline for what box to check, because my experience in this world has been that of a black woman.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 3.68/176/URM at HYS?
« on: September 01, 2007, 09:24:16 AM »
My UG is a B.S. in Biochemistry from a top state school, if that matters.  I have an M.S. in Biochemistry as well from a top public school.

I've always checked off black, though I'm biracial (50/50).  My skin colour is very light but I do have African features (ie. I don't look like Halle Berry).

Race isn't just a biological thing, it's a sociological thing.  When people see me walking down the street, they say "there goes a black woman" and I've used that as my guide when checking the boxes.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 3.68/176/URM at HYS?
« on: August 31, 2007, 05:15:58 PM »
OK, thanks!

I'll definitely add the paragraph for Harvard and I'm getting a targeted letter sent there from an alumnus so I hope that does the trick.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 3.68/176/URM at HYS?
« on: August 31, 2007, 10:20:39 AM »
I was married in April and my husband is a 2nd year surgical resident in Boston.  This is why I am very reluctant to leave the area and aiming for Harvard.  With his hours, it's really hard to see each other as it is.  If Harvard (or Yale) don't come through, I will be sorely tempted to go to BU or BC over other schools simply for personal reasons.

I am not an Upper-Middle Class African American and I came from an impoverished community myself so I will cannot comment on your question about how Middle Class African Americans might feel.  .

I am an upper middle class black woman.

My parents were in the corps diplomatique and I had the privilege of living in a number of cosmopolitan areas of the world.  I certainly never experienced the ghetto, and grew up with almost exclusively white friends.  I graduated with no debt.

Do I feel that I was disadvantaged?  Probably not.  But it is a difficult thing to say, because my upbringing was somewhat unorthodox.  I went to a lot of international schools, where nobody really stuck out.  I felt most awkward at college where the three black girls across the hall pounced into my room the first day and thought we had a bond.  At the same time, I have dated mostly black men.

Will I benefit from AA in this cycle?  Sure.  My numbers are good enough to get into T14 regardless....but the URM status may get me HYS as a nice bonus.  Do I feel guilty about that?  Not really and I'm not sure whether I should. 

Choosing the Right Law School / 3.68/176/URM at HYS?
« on: August 30, 2007, 09:54:40 PM »
I just registered at LSN.

My numbers are in the title.  URM = biracial (black) female.  I also have a graduate degree.

For personal reasons I would really like H or Y due to the location.  I think at this point only GOOD money would sway me.

But I'm worried about the GPA for those schools.  Will it cost me?  I'm just trying to figure out how low I go with safety schools due to my strong preference for staying in the northeast.

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