« on: November 16, 2005, 12:17:39 PM »
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".