« on: February 26, 2008, 11:18:00 AM »
How has your course been? Are you relapsing/remitting or progressive?
I have relapsing/remitting MS.
(sure one or two programs might feel you're a risk, but do you really want to go to a school which is so unaccommodating?).
You are absolutely right, and that has been something I have thought a lot about.
You can really highlight the ways in which managing a frustrating and chronic disorder has influenced you positively, while (semi-subtly) showing that it has not, in the whole, slowed you down. Heck, you can probably link this to your relatively recent life changes (no more misdemeanors)/career direction changes, if you want.
They are directly related, so that is pretty much what I plan to do.
(As long as you are able to reassure them that you can handle the load, I really don't think it will hurt you. It is probably very useful that you are finishing school right now- clearly you are managing an academic workload without major exacerbations of your disease. That may be better than had you finished college at 22. If you have had an interest in health policy/ADA/etc sparked by your experience, I'm guessing they would love to hear it also.
Cynically speaking, look on the websites- they ALL love to point out their classes' diversity. Whether or not you will end up as a poster child, I would think your age, unusual career path, and medical difficulties will, in combination, be pretty attractive to a lot of schools.
Wow- that could really be a fantastic statement....
Best of luck to you, and keep us updated
Thanks, and I will. I am at least a year and a half away from applying, assuming I try for ED, but have started working on the personal statement already. Right now it is in the brainstorming phase, but I have some pretty good ideas that follow your line of reasoning, and I think I can write a pretty powerful statement.