I know this is for students but I have a question. Everyone keeps telling me not to worry about my score and gpa because I'm Puerto Rican and came from a very economically disadvantaged neighborhood.
Although California does not practice affirmative action they consider diversity in the admissions process. I want to be accepted by my merits not my last name.
Are there any minorities who felt they were at an advantage? Even my professor said I should play this up
I am a URM, and there were some schools that i applied to, some
, that asked if there were any factors that had to deal with economic disadvantage. I just wrote about my family and my life which included serious eco disad. in bad urban setting, single parent, etc . It was not "playing it up", they asked, so i told them.
I think that you should talk about it to an extent that you still feel comfortable. If you don't want to talk about it at all, then so be it. If you feel that your numbes are good enough to get into the school you want to, then good luck.