But I still know what its like to feel insecure about where you come from and what you lack—it is something I will carry with me throughout my life and career.
My education and career goals have been shaped by my background, and I will continue to aim high despite the challenges that may come my way. Example 2 For as long as I can remember, I outwardly portrayed myself as a calm and controlled individual. It is a true reflection of my demeanor, but it is the complete opposite of what I have lived throughout my childhood and adolescence.
When I was in fourth grade, my father admitted to me that he was addicted to crack. At the time I did not understand what crack addiction meant, but I was educated by his actions soon enough.
Shortly after this confession, the family structure I knew and loved began to collapse. My neighborhood could be described as a breeding ground for gangs, drugs, violence, and anarchy. One of the few bright spots of growing up in my neighborhood is the chemistry children had with one another by having similar troubles at home. It was not uncommon for my neighborhood friends to have a drug abusing parent, a single parent household, alcoholic parents, or experience domestic violence.
I was not allowed to cross the street without their supervision due to gang members on the corner selling drugs, and playing outside at night was dangerous due to occasional shootings. Growing up in a neighborhood like mine was a double edged sword; it was dangerous, but our common struggles made it easy to relate to one another. Living with a drug addicted parent was full of uncertainty and confusion. There were many break-ins, but I always had a strange feeling about these break-ins because although valuables were stolen, certain sentimental items of value would remain untouched.
I did not learn until much later in life that my father was the one stealing from us. Eventually my mother left my father and moved out in the beginning of my seventh grade year. My sister and I stayed with our father. In winter the heating bills went unpaid and the temperature in the house would drop to the low forties. My sister and I would walk to the local laundromat at night and warm our blankets and pillows in the dryer in order to have heat through the night.
Money for food was scarce, and my sister and I became accustomed to eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner out of vending machines on a budget of six dollars a day. Although this experience was mentally and physically damaging, it served as motivation for me to strive for a better life and made me never want to regress to that standard of living.
I was separated from my childhood friends for that year, but we reunited the next year as freshmen in high school. Things had changed in that year: the friends that I grew up with became the gang members that my parents warned me about as a child.
Out of all of my childhood friends, I was the only one to go on to college, let alone finish high school. Living with the feeling of turning my back on them by cutting off communication with them during high school was an isolating experience.
If teachers saw me with them, I would be categorized as a gang member, or worse, if other gang members noticed then they would try to attack me because they thought I was a rival. I tried to explain this to my friends but they could not understand and eventually the friendships grew cold. During the end of my ninth grade year, I was still adjusting to my new life.
Although I no longer physically lived in that neighborhood, I still felt like I was alone and was stuck in the same position. My closest friends, the ones I could relate to, were all on a downward spiral in life; at the same time, I could not relate to the students in my honors courses.
Many were discussing vacation trips, showing off new clothes or getting a new car for their birthday when getting their driving permit.
While some of my classmates were planning on taking family vacations to Disneyland, I was planning to visit my father who had been recently arrested and was serving jail time for robbery. When we value diversity we do not try to make all of us the same instead we embrace the differences that make each of us unique Diversity in the workplace Diversity in the workplace is a subject that has gained increased attention in the workplace over the past few years.
Women and minorities were the first Board diversity and mandatory woman director The responsibilities of the board of directors have been on the corporate agenda for years.
Ethnicity and Linguistic Diversity Bangladesh is well known for the ethnic homogeneity of its population. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Some schools also have individual diversity essay prompts. Real people are reading your application, and we want to do our best to understand and appreciate the real people applying to Duke. Want to know your real chances of admission?
Thankfully, with our state-of-the-art software and data, we can analyze your academic and extracurricular profile and estimate your chances. Our profile analysis tool can also help you identify the improvement you need to make to enter your dream school. Tips for Writing a Diversity College Essay 1.
For example, if you grew up in a socioeconomic circumstance that made it difficult to have the same type of experience your peers have had, this sets you apart. Alternatively, you might write about a difficult experience you had and how it shaped you. For example, if you were bullied because of your gender identity, you could discuss some examples and anecdotes and explain how they helped you grow.
Think about experiences that shaped you and made you who you are today. Many of those included in this small sample no longer maintain individualized applications, but use the Common Application Online CAO instead.
Some of the colleges that use the CAO, however, make the question de rigueur. The CAO at Yale, for example, asks prospective students: A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix.
Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you. But if we force it to stand up for inspection, it displays a remarkable intellectual slovenliness. When we go to college, we do indeed benefit from encountering people with views and experiences other than our own. The Yale CAO question is the first of a long series of subtle steps that teach students to lead with their particularities and to cultivate a kind of group vanity.
What of the student who has slowly and painfully worked his way out of psychological isolation or social alienation to achieve a sense of identification with the larger community? Diversity to me has been the experience of having my individuality denied, suppressed, and demeaned.
For the children, the nonstop playtime and carefree memories mitigated the obstacles that came with our socioeconomic insufficiency. Many students are baffled about what to write about themselves concerning diversity.
Also, the reader is likely to be impressed by the way that Carrie imagines her audience's reaction. It is a true reflection of my demeanor, but it is the complete opposite of what I have lived throughout my childhood and adolescence. In that light, we recently decided to examine the practice a bit more systematically.
Carrie's essay teaches her reader something, and the mastery of language is remarkable. First and foremost, the essay needs to be authentic to who you are—which is something people close to you may be able to assess. In college, students learn not only from books and professors, but from each other.
My background brought a fresh voice to the classroom setting, something that my professors greatly valued.
How could I look into the eyes of a woman and speak of love as if I felt it between us?