Disadvantaged Status?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by NE_Cornhusker1, Sep 10, 2001.

  1. NE_Cornhusker1

    NE_Cornhusker1 12" Member

    Aug 6, 2001
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    Ok, here's my deal; I'm trying to decide whether or not I should designate myself as disadvantages. My folks don't make a lot of money (50k), I'm the oldest of four children (3 of us are in college right now), and I've paid every dime of my schooling on my own (as attested to by my huge student loans [20k at my in-state public university]). Looking at that I would say I'm disadvantged but I know there are many more people in worse shape than I am. I think I'm disadvantaged but I don't want come off as a whiny brat who's looking for an edge in getting into med school. Any comments would be appreciated. AEKDB.
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  3. none

    none 1K Member

    Jul 27, 2001
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    If you feel disadvantaged, then you should claim it...that's why it's there.
  4. listen this is my personal advice..

    most disadvantaged status goes to minority applicants

    having an income of 50K annually is not regarded as disadvantaged....yes you have 3 siblings, and you paid your own education....so what? I don't mean to demean you, but there are a lot of big families, with parents not earning enough for the whole family...

    I paid for my tuition, every cent of it as well...and I know a lot of families with financial difficulties...

    however, I know people, who had their parents divorced, were abused as young children, family went through bankruptcy....tragic death experience in the family, traumatizing illness and recovery, or/and came from a poor family...

    I am not saying you shouldn't consider yourself as a disadvantaged applicant....but remember, that pile is different from the regular applicants....if your only claim is that your parents dont make a lot of money, and that you have a lot of sibligns all going to college...that doesn't classify you as "disadvantaged"....I know one friend who did that, and he WAS DRILLED in the interview process for every single detail.....

    your going to be under an extreme scrutiny...I think this option is reserved for mostly minorities, and that is what I have been told coming from the UC system....is it unfair yes? but the fact of the matter is a minority could go throught the same things you did, and still face discrimination and other factors that white america doesn't....I dotn want this to turn into an AA discussion and debate and I am not saying all minorities chose "the disadvantaged status"...

    HOWEVER having said that, be sure that you can back it up good evidence...

    I am white, have moved every 2 years to a different country and state, had 5 different high schools, my parents nearly divorced 4 times, paid for all of my tuition, my grandfather last year passed away two days before my MCAT, and I learned sometime before the exam that my father was diagnosed with cancer....also add to that, that I was in denial and tried committing suicide because I learned that I could no longer "chose to be straight"...(although no one is aware I am gay, only my parents (got beaten and tortured by parents for living a "sinful life", until they realized after 10 years that sexuality isnt a choice)...

    having said all that, I still didn't declare myself as a "disadvantaged applicant"...why? my dad is a physician...and i know I would have received all sorts of attack, and how I lived the white rich life...which isnt true...some physicians make around 60 to 70K........and I still think that some minorities go THROUGH more pain and difficulty in life....

    so take caution..if you feel you are disadvantaged, beaware of the scrutiny you will receive :(
  5. crimson

    crimson What up Smokey!

    Jul 29, 2001
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    when and where does not designate himself/herself as 'disadvantaged'? and what are the beneits? and input will be appreciated.
  6. simpleton

    simpleton Senior Member

    Jul 20, 2001
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    I would be interested in finding out more on the disadvantage status myself. My parents combined income for last year was $30k but I can't say I actually struggle or that I'm a minority. Scholarships and employment have kept me loan free. It was difficult to shell out some serious loot for AMCAS and not to mention all those secondaries but it is an investment that will surely be worth it.
  7. E'01

    E'01 1K Member

    Jun 26, 2001
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    Medical Student
    I don't think the disadvantaged status is specifically reserved for minorities. Plus it can be broken down into different categories (i.e. economically...) on the app I believe. Whatever you choose, just be able to jstify why you did so. I'm a URM, and I asked myself whether I would just automatically qualify for the disadvantaged status, and I could honestly say no. I don't think I had a disadvantaged background. To each his own.

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