"The Committee on Admissions strongly encourages you to share unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity, or life or work experiences. Please discuss how such factors have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine." I'm a middle class white guy from New York, that went straight to college from high school, and will be going straight to med school from college. Is this like an optional essay, (like the one for BU), or does this encompass non-disadvantaged stuff as well? I wanna go to med school cuz i want to be a doctor, it really has nothing to do with my past experiences or whatever.