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Topics for diversity essay?

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  1. hexane19

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    What do you think is a better topic for a diversity essay?

    1. Medical assistant at a free clinic

    2. I've done volunteer work abroad

    3. I have an MBS degree?
     
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    Is this seriously your talking points for diversity? I mean I was expecting something a little more... interesting.
    I am not trying to be rude, but mabye I don't understand the word "Diversity". Are they looking for "different" diversity, or just something some of the applicants won't have.


    I would choose MBS. Most people don't get this degree.
     
  4. mandym00

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    Agree with the poster above. Having a MBS degree does make you different, but try to think outside the box and maybe more personal? Many people will have #1 or #2 on their resumes so that doesn't really make you unique (no offence).
     
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    I kind of like the MBS degree if you can spin it in a way that it offeres you a unique perspective on medicine that others might not have.

    The other two could work if you did a good job of talking about how it has given you experience working with specific patient populations or cultures and has increased your understanding of them, but a lot of people are going to have these experiences as well.

    I strugged with the diversity essays for a while and still don't know if I took the right approach, but just try to focus on what makes you different from other applicants.
     
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    Question: MBS is master in business and science, am I correct?
     
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    1. Medical assistant at a free clinic
     
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    Agree with Goro, especially if the free clinic catered heavily to minority demographics. It shows you potentially have experience working with cultures other than your own.

    While MBS isn't something 'most' applicants have, it's become much more common than many might expect.

    Volunteer work abroad is only a good topic if you've made multiple trips, preferably to the same country or region as it shows ongoing dedication instead of just a medical vacation.
     
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    OP, My apology. I do not mean to hijack your thread.
    @Goro is ICNA relief free clinic catered towards minority demographics!! I don't know if it fits the bill.
     
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    If either the free clinic or the abroad experience (or maybe other experiences while growing up) gave you detailed knowledge of cultural groups outside your comfort zone, I'd pick that to talk about.
     
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    Is it possible to talk about all three?
     
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    Many diversity essays are 1k characters
     
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    Is the free clinic think actually good to talk about? Or is it just the best of what I have?
     
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    No to hijack the thread, but what do people think of playing high level college athletics for this topic?
     
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    What did ya'll write about?
     
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    I wrote about my background as a competitive dancer + playing all sports
    then I also talked about growing up in medically underserved area
     
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    Bump
     
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    I'm struggling with my diversity things too, but I guess just pick something that is an example of how your life and your experiences and the way your mind works is different from other pre-meds AND it can't already be talked about at length in your primary.

    I also like #1 if you haven't already talked about it.
     
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    I wrote about my psychology background and perspective on mental illness (not from my own personal experience with it though) and how that gives me a different perspective on medicine.

    I think the free clinic idea would be great. Try it out, and if you don't like how it turns out you can try one of the others, but I think that's a good topic.
     
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    I vote #2.

    I talked about my family life and growing up-which is pretty unique compared to most other families.
     
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    Do you think its worth talking about growing up as a bi-ethnic/racial family?
     
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    I think so!!
     

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