Secondary Application "Diversity" Essays | Student Doctor Network

Welcome to PDr’s Weekly Weigh-in! Each week, we ask medical students and physicians to weigh in on some of our most frequently asked pre-med questions.
This week’s question: How did you approach “the diversity secondary essay” on your secondary applications?

Aug 2, 2016 - Does your College Application Essay about Diversity have you stumped
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In addition to a personal statement, most law schools invite applicants to highlight a unique aspect of their profile via an optional diversity essay. As one example, Stanford Law School includes the following instructions in its application materials:

Amanda E. Halliburton Diversity Scholars – Application Essay

Diversity Scholars – Application Essay
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Applications for this award are not required, though applicants are highly encouraged to submit an essay that speaks to how their diverse life experience will contribute to educational exchange and the legal profession.

Graduate programs are always looking for students with distinct backgrounds to help diversify their classes, so being a minority, immigrant, or another underrepresented demographic could be just what you need to set yourself apart from the rest of the applicant pool. Many schools include a question on their application asking you how you will contribute to the diversity of their class (sometimes this is framed as a “diversity statement,” sometimes as a “personal history statement” or other type of essay – the key thing is, they want to know about YOU: what makes you unique, what your values are, what obstacles you may have had to overcome to get where you are today).I am applying to graduate schools in biostatistics and a school I am applying to asks for a diversity statement where I talked about working with low income, first generation East, Southeast, and South Asians in Chinatown. This diversity statement seems to fit pretty well for a fellowship application essay and I was wondering if it would be bad that I use the same one? Both the diversity statement and fellowship application essay are all on the same graduate school application, so does this mean the admissions officers will see that I used the exact same essay and will that look bad? Thanks in advance for your help!