Hey, all. I'm going into my...oh, fifteenth or so restart to my personal statement, and I've got a couple questions in regards to personal statements and secondaries. Example: Madison (so I hear) has a diversity statement for their secondary application. My friend applied last year, and went in to talk to someone in admissions, who told her to leave anything relating to how she was 'diverse' out of the personal statement. So, I guess my question comes in two parts. 1. If you're applying to multiple schools, how do you juggle the secondaries and their essay topics with the personal statement proper? 2. What exactly is considered under diversity? Is it just socioeconomic/ethnic/age/sexual identity/etc. (things you commonly see listed under nondescrimination policies) or is it anything and everything that make you unique? (In which case, how would you write a personal statement not including those, Madison?) And not really pertinent, but out of curiosity: 3. Does anyone else feel supremely uncomfortable writing personal statements and 'tooting their own horn', so to speak? Why is it so hard! Argh!