Number one is admirable, but you're supposed to do this.Hi,
Although I'm not anywhere close to applying to medical school, I have been thinking about the diversity I bring to a medical school. From my understanding, applications usually involve an essay or two about diversity.
I just feel... very privileged in my life experiences and upbringing. I thought it would be good to see if my ideas are worthy of being built upon.
1) I've always been extremely empathetic and giving when it comes to mental health. I believe this is reflected in my hundreds of hours of hospice volunteering, where I visited and talked to hospice patients and hundreds of hours (soon a thousand) of crisis text line volunteering, where I have had hundreds of conversations of people on the brink of suicide, survivors of horrible abuse, mental illness, grief, and more. I'm a kind, giving, and caring person in many other ways too. I like to foster senior dogs nobody else wants because they are too old or sick.
2) Come from a non-medical family. None of my family nor my extended family is in medicine in any capacity. My extended family has a tradition of working in the postal office and blue collar jobs. My parents, however, have bachelors degrees and did unusually well for themselves. But we don't have any connections to wealth or highly educated extended family.
3) I speak German and I'm also a citizen of Germany, as well as the US.
4) I've been vegan for around 5 years now. I'm in it for the animals, environment, slaughterhouse workers, and health. I feel like this may be a sensitive topic for some people, so I really don't want to offend anyone. I don't do any activism or anything for it honestly, it's just a part of my life, a habit. Could I use the angle that a lot of the younger generations are becoming vegan and vegetarian and avoiding animal products for the environment, so as a doctor I can give them guidance on how to avoid health problems on a vegan/reduced animal products diet? I remember when I first became vegan, I had a wonderful doctor who gave me health check ups and blood tests and supplements, so I wouldn't have to worry.
#3 might work if you spent considerable time in Germany.
The Rest are non-starters.
Introspection is a required trait in a doctor. What makes you cool?