sure. There are so many issues surrounding Korean adoptees. Its one thing I've been studying a lot about lately. Anyway, i think it would be an awesome diversity statement.
Hi guys,I've been reading around and it seems that Asian Americans are not considered URM's at top ranked schools. That being said, I do think that I have reason to include a diversity statement, but I was wondering if it would be OK or even appropriate to mention that I am a Korean adoptee. Not only that, but I was adopted into a low income household in Arkansas.Now, Arkansas probably isn't as bad as some places, but there have definitely been some hard times down here. Honestly, I was the only Asian guy in my entire city, and even though I grew up here people still stare at me every time I walk into a store or a restaurant. It's more than a little grating.In any case, I was wondering if this could factor into my admission at all.Any opinions?
From my experience, I don't believe you'll receive URM status, but will receive some soft-factor consideration. As others stated, it'll help in tie-breaker/borderline situations, but won't override the numbers game.In my PS I mentioned it briefly, but since I'm an older applicant with a family, I focused on work and more significant life experiences, which I felt provided stronger diversity elements... however, I got rejected/waitlisted at the 2 schools I applied to, so hopefully my case provides the limits of the boost (LSAT around the 25%)but it's certainly valid for a PS or a diversity statement... just keep it positive.
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