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Is it ok to focus on leadership experiences for a diversity essay (specifically the TMDSAS Personal Characteristics Essay), or does it need to be more unique? I wanted to address leadership in my PS but didn’t have room. I want to discuss it in the diversity essay if possible, but maybe that’s a boring topic?
 

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Is it ok to focus on leadership experiences for a diversity essay (specifically the TMDSAS Personal Characteristics Essay), or does it need to be more unique? I wanted to address leadership in my PS but didn’t have room. I want to discuss it in the diversity essay if possible, but maybe that’s a boring topic?
Did you do some unique leading?
 
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Did you do some unique leading?
I wouldn’t say it was out of this world unique, but there was an experience that was really special to me because I started a new initiative from scratch that I was really proud of. I was mainly going to talk about that experience within the theme of “I’m a leader” or whatever
 

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I wouldn’t say it was out of this world unique, but there was an experience that was really special to me because I started a new initiative from scratch that I was really proud of. I was mainly going to talk about that experience within the theme of “I’m a leader” or whatever
How is that unique? Do you propose your classmates aren’t?

What makes you different?
 
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How is that unique? Do you propose your classmates aren’t?

What makes you different?
Hmm well I’ve also heard people successfully write diversity essays about playing a certain sport or traveling/studying abroad? So I wouldn’t say those things are particularly “unique” either, probably they’re on the same level of uniqueness as a significant leadership activity? Is it better to talk about those things than leadership?
 

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Is it ok to focus on leadership experiences for a diversity essay (specifically the TMDSAS Personal Characteristics Essay), or does it need to be more unique? I wanted to address leadership in my PS but didn’t have room. I want to discuss it in the diversity essay if possible, but maybe that’s a boring topic?
Too common
 
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Hmm well I’ve also heard people successfully write diversity essays about playing a certain sport or traveling/studying abroad? So I wouldn’t say those things are particularly “unique” either, probably they’re on the same level of uniqueness as a significant leadership activity? Is it better to talk about those things than leadership?
"I am a leader" is too broad of a topic. Pick something unique that you were a leader in. Will your experiences, say, as a manager of a retail store contribute a business savvy and professional mind set? Will your experiences in the military prepare you to adapt and overcome and aid your classmates (this is mine, pretty lame but it works). Will your experience as a triathlete aid you and your classmates "in the long haul"?

If you are not URM or disadvantaged then you need to think outside the box a bit but it is totally feasible (but will probably be corny). Just think about specifics.
 
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Agree with the above... not only is “I’m a leader” boring, but it also doesn’t answer the prompt. Everyone has unique life experiences. Think about what yours are. They may involve leadership, but leadership itself is not a unique experience.
 
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"I am a leader" is too broad of a topic. Pick something unique that you were a leader in. Will your experiences, say, as a manager of a retail store contribute a business savvy and professional mind set? Will your experiences in the military prepare you to adapt and overcome and aid your classmates (this is mine, pretty lame but it works). Will your experience as a triathlete aid you and your classmates "in the long haul"?

If you are not URM or disadvantaged then you need to think outside the box a bit but it is totally feasible (but will probably be corny). Just think about specifics.
Oh this is so helpful; thank you so much! I would super like your comment if I could!
 

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We need a SDN tinder or dating app.
I mean, it wouldn’t be that hard to send dirty PMs to each other. It’ll just censor words like ****, ****, etc.
 

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I mean, it wouldn’t be that hard to send dirty PMs to each other. It’ll just censor words like ****, ****, etc.
See. Censored lol
 

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I wouldn’t say it was out of this world unique, but there was an experience that was really special to me because I started a new initiative from scratch that I was really proud of. I was mainly going to talk about that experience within the theme of “I’m a leader” or whatever
If this experience was meaningful to you, it should be included somewhere. What skills did you learn from starting this new initiative that could be of benefit to others in medical school? As long as you don't upsell your experience and are specific in answering the prompt, you could make it work. Most people aren't unique, and those who try too hard come off as disingenuous. It's fine to be a slice of white bread, just make sure you've got some nutella nearby to spark some interest. Good luck!
 
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If this experience was meaningful to you, it should be included somewhere. What skills did you learn from starting this new initiative that could be of benefit to others in medical school? As long as you don't upsell your experience and are specific in answering the prompt, you could make it work. Most people aren't unique, and those who try too hard come off as disingenuous. It's fine to be a slice of white bread, just make sure you've got some nutella nearby to spark some interest. Good luck!
Thank you!! This is really helpful. If I can't spin the experience as a diversity essay, I think I might be able to use it for the TMDSAS unique experience essay.