For example, if you are a first generation college student and the son/daughter of immigrants, you cannot just baldly state that this background gives you some crucial insight into the needs of immigrant populations. Moreover, as a writing instructor at Dartmouth’s RWIT program, I had the opportunity not only to help students with their writing, but also to show them how exciting and fun it could be.” Please note: this is not from an actual essay, and if it was, it would not be especially good.
Although it seems plausible that you would know more than others who are from affluent, non-immigrant backgrounds, you still need to prove it. You could do this by providing anecdotes about your communication skills with immigrant families during your time with Habitat for Humanity. This is just to demonstrate a point.decide to focus on ethnic, cultural, or religious diversity, the best approach is not to hammer the adcom with how significant your minority status is.
However, in the medical school context, diversity has an additional, more utilitarian purpose: it is crucial to the quality of medical care provided by these soon-to-be physicians.
An ability to understand your patients -- regardless of background -- is an integral part of your life as a doctor.
He was inducted early into Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
He graduated with a double major in Government and International Studies, and a minor in Ethical Philosophy.Diversity, though it may be an intangible concept or quality, still requires tangible evidence.A diversity essay for medical school is not complete without a clear explanation of how your “diversity” relates to your experiences.This is a common mistake among applicants who think that repeating buzzwords such as “diverse,” “multicultural,” “cross-cultural,” “underrepresented,” etc.will automatically convince an adcom that they are those things. In fact, it is no more likely to convince them of your diversity credentials than if I tried to convince you of the quality of this article by simply repeating “this article is super informative and comprehensive, and it is likely the best thing you’ve read all week.”Joel Butterly, Co-founder and CEO of In Genius Prep, is an experienced admissions counselor and entrepreneur.”Ultimately, these medical school diversity essays are all variations on the same question, “How are you different from other applicants, and how does that difference impact your ability to contribute in medical school and beyond? These differences and unique qualities/experiences have to For example, being a chronic truant or two-time felon are certainly unique qualities and experiences for an applicant to medical school. The point is simple: once you have identified what makes you unique, your primary task is to explain how that uniqueness will allow you to contribute something special in school and beyond.This brings us to our third action point:..where I’m going with this?Let’s take an example from one of Stanford Med School’s recent secondary applications:“The Committee on Admissions regards the diversity (broadly defined) of an entering class as an important factor in serving the educational mission of the school.The Committee on Admissions strongly encourages you to share unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and life or work experiences.Of course, in the US we have a powerful tradition of diversity in higher education.Diversity in the classroom (and on campus) allows students to produce a “creative friction,” thereby improving the educational experience for all.