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I'm really stuck on what to do for my diversity essay.  I'm not a URM, nor have I ever been socially or economically deprived/discriminated. 

I think I could do an essay on doing an M.S. in a hard science and being in the Ph.D. program but I already mentioned how that has shaped my character in my PS (maturity, work ethic etc.). 

One thing I was thinking is to show how I've learned to see problems from different angles and always look for a more elegant solution even when a good one exist.  This really doesn't sound so great though, and from my app the adcomms can already tell that I have these skills based on what I did my MS in (for example all physicists think like this, all mathematicians think like this, all computer scientists think like this ... and probably many others).

I really don't want to write a diversity essay just for the sake of doing so, I know the adcomms will see right through that.  However, I don't want them to think I'm lazy either.  I've really brainstormed and struggled with this for about 2 weeks.  I'm sure that a lot of people have come across this same delima.  For those out there who were stuck like me, what did you do? 

I know there have already been a lot of these posts, and I've read through most of them -- but I'm still confused.

Any suggestions at all are GREATLY appreciated.  Thanks LSDers.

I had a very similar situation.  What I did was remove some of the details of my hard science background from my PS and save them for the focus of my diversity statement. I happen to be a URM from a very poor family but focused my diversity statement on my biotech & bioinformatics background.  The impact of the other factors were subtly apparent in my PS. I think your statement is definately worth writing.  YOu could just switch the focus to illustrate how hard sciences has shaped your perspective to be unique or "diverse".

My first instinct would be to avoid using the term "powderpuff" in a law school application, but this could be good depending on how you work it (unless it was in HS - then definitely a no go).  I think the way you are talking about presenting it would work for almost any topic.

I always envision the adcomms sitting in a big room around the table wondering whether they want that (fill-in-the-blank) girl to be attending.  Do you want to be the "powderpuff" girl or can you spin it to where that may be part of your essay but isn't the subject?

Understood - I'm actually a guy, and what I'm showing how I took on a situation where I didn't know what i was doing (ie, Got elected to be major leader, was told that this would mean coaching a women's football team, had to learn all that i didn't know about football and how to coach girls who knew what they were doing better than I did).  So I guess I would be the "Powderpuff Coach" guy? 

I say go for it.  With those numbers you have room for a "silly topic" PS. I would make the point of what was learned from the experience while keeping the subject lighthearted.  Also, try to avoid referring to the athletes as "girls" or straying into any comments that may be interpreted is mildly sexist.

Just my opinion.

I agree with lastshot and kaio. I would head back to the drawing board on this one. The statement does not focus on how the event impacted you significatnly and the suit itself seems important but petty for a life changing event. If you dont have any "life changing/enlightening" event to talk about then I would focus on you.  If you have done so in your diversity statement then I would just stick to that as your sole statement.  I believe that all school who indicate that you may submit a diversity statement list it as an option and not a requirement.  Just my advice. 

Anyone willing to take a look. I used a consultant to help me narrow down a topic and edit my PS but I hated the final product. It really didnt say anything about me as a person.  I just sat down an re-wrote the whole thing and could use some feedback.  Any takers?  Definately willing to swap if you PM me. Not sure if I should stick with the original or continue with the re-written draft.

Law School Admissions / Re: Part-time programs
« on: November 01, 2005, 01:29:06 PM »
Based on the area of the schools you asked about, there is also University of Maryland, Univesity of Baltimore and Catholic University of America, and George Mason University.

My apartment was recently robbed and my home PC was stolen. If I dont get this score before I leave work I am going to have to deal with this suspense for an additional 12-15 hours more than everyone else.......Unless I harass my friends to take over my anal "refreshing of the e-mail page" action.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: OFFICIAL Email, no BS, My score came in!!!
« on: October 21, 2005, 11:05:09 AM »
Definately a fake.  The address is missing he underscore.  It should be

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Three scores
« on: October 21, 2005, 07:59:21 AM »
156 - I got this when I mis-bubbled on a diagnostic

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Dream Thread
« on: October 21, 2005, 07:53:33 AM »
I had a dream, during the week of the test, that I had overslept and my daughter arrived at the test early to complete the first section for me.  When I looked, she had bubbled in a picture of a flower and I could only cry on the inside and pretend to love the picture in front of her.

-how pathetic.

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