This has been discussed a whole lot, but basically if you feel very strongly that the different cultures of the two sides of your family have had a big impact on you, you could probably work that into an essay if it's very well written and meaningful. If you say your father is white and your mother is Indian and you visited India once and the food was good, your essay will be terrible.I keep thinking that the whole biracial thing is cool. But maybe not to AdComs?
The one that is better is the one you can best explain the importance of. If you want to know what adcoms will think, Goro's comments should show you that if anything you'll have to do a much better job with the biracial essay so no one thinks "Oh great, another applicant only talking about race in a diversity essay"Hmmm I honestly am torn between photography and being biracial. Both are super important aspect of my life. I'm just not sure which will be better or sound better to Adcoms.
You seem to be thinking about it the wrong way. Reread what @Stagg737 wrote, it's very good advice. You're too focussed on whether the topic is common, or interesting, or whatever else. The topic can be unique or mundane, what matters is how you write about it, and that will depend on whether the thing you're writing about actually had a meaningful impact on your life.Do you think photography a common theme amongst applicants / would that be a good way to stick out?
So if I could craft each of these equally which would you recommend since none are really "unique or diverse"Spend an hour per topic drafting what you want to say. If you can't find a non-cringe-worthy way to say how each contributes something unique to your future medical school, then listen to that.
If I recall correctly from your other post, you're half-Japanese. There are a LOT of Asian and half-Asian students in medical school. A LOT. So that won't bring anything to your school that it won't already have LOTS of...
And a Japanese student into photography? Where I come from, that's actually a stereotype -- so yeah, not diverse either.
Loving the outdoors -- appealing, but also not unusual.
Haha, I don't know about that one...None of the above.
If that's the best you have, maybe take the flip-side argument that in looking for differences, you realized how trivial all your differences really are and that through this realization, you've come to appreciate how much we all really have in common, and how little many of the more visible differences really matter.