« on: March 15, 2006, 03:06:32 PM »
I asked a similar question a few months back about why Indians were not considered URM. I was of course accused of trying to get URM when I was not deserving of it and so on. Interestingly enough I have found that while Asians as a whole are not considered to be URM by people becaue of their "success" in education and in income levels, I think schools look at you on a case by case basis.
For example, not only am I of Indian descent, but my family comes from a very modest background. Neither of my parents had college education and for the first few years they struggled immensely chasing the American dream. It was a struggle for them and a huge sacrifice to educate me and my siblings. We had to do without a lot of things that I am not going to get into too much detail in this post.
But what I am saying is that despite these obstacles, I was still able to motivate myself and build a career, buy a house (on my own), have a family, etc. When writing my personal statement, Iwrote about my obstacles and how I overcame them. I feelt aht this set me apart from from the stereo typical son or daughter of Dr. Patel or Dr. Singh whose parents had decent English speaking skills and had the financial resources where they were not disadvantaged to the extent that other Asians were.
Maybe that is the problem here. Everytime someone hears Indian or Chineses, they automatically assume that they are all cut from the same cloth.
I think the schools look at diversity and will consider you based on their needs and whether you have something distinct to offer. if you are Asian, you have to substantiate what makes you special from the rest of the bunch. If there is significant life experiences, i do believe that it is noticed.