Why filling out the AMCAS application, I stumbled upon this question: "Do you wish to be considered a disadvantaged applicant by any of your designated medical schools that may consider such factors (social, economic or educational)?" Obviously the answer for everyone should be "duh", because it sounds like a free boost to your chances. Perhaps a more appropriate question (& the proper interpretation) is if I believe I qualify as disadvantaged in accord with some guidelines?? Below that question there is a hyperlink that reads "How do I know if I should be considered disadvantaged?", which summons a not particularly helpful pop-up that you can visit at this url: https://services.aamc.org/AMCAS2_2016/WebApp/BioInfo/disadvantaged/index.cfm?fuseaction=DisadvantagedPopUp (I apologize for not hyperlinking, I'm getting the inifi-load when I try) By searching this site & following a few links, I found a much less ambiguous source: https://www.aamc.org/download/351766/data/amcassesdisadvantagedindicator.pdf That second url makes it obvious to me that the button I ought to click in response to the initial question is Yes. Doing so takes me to a page on which I may type a free-verse poem of no more than 1325 characters (including spaces) to justify myself. I assume it's not enough to state my parents have no college degrees & have only ever worked low-wage, minimal training jobs?? I can think of a handful of others reason I might throw in. Are they looking for a good under-dog story?? Is this the least important essay on the application??