Hi, this is my first post on sdn. I am currently a double major at a low tier UC (full ride), and I lost my parent when I was 11. Is that considered disadvantaged? and should I include it in my essays or no? I don't want to be pitied or have the admissions committee look at me differently. Any advice helps, thank you!
Disadvantaged has a relatively broad definition.
Having lost a parent isn't itself disadvantaged. Did losing the parent lead to financial strain? Did you have to move somewhere more affordable due to lost income from a parent where maybe schools weren't the best and/or you were not located near healthcare facilities? Were there other types of issues that arose secondary because of it besides the normal grief that occurs that was long-lasting, not just temporary?
If so, then maybe. If not, then unlikely.