3 years ago
Duke prospective students

Diversity Essay Question

I'm trying to complete my application, but I keep going back and forth on whether or not to answer the first optional short-answer prompt. It asks for applicants to "share a perspective you bring or experiences you've had that would help us understand you better, perhaps a community you belong to or your family or cultural background". However, I am a straight, cisgender, white girl that comes from a place of significant privilege. I feel as though I have nothing worthwhile to say, that my perspective is not necessarily a unique or valuable one. Should I try to come up with something to say for this question or just leave it blank as it is optional?

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3 years ago

Hi @ginnievdr! Great question.

Every essay is a chance to give admissions officers insight into something new about yourself, so I would recommend writing it! Your diversity essay can be about anything that makes you diverse - it is not limited to your ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. For example, if you have an interest that is unique, that is something you can talk about. You can talk about your experiences, family, personality traits that you possess, etc. Those are all things that make you diverse!

Here are some examples of good diversity essays that can help you in the brainstorming process: https://blog.collegevine.com/diversity-college-essay-examples/#6

And here is another helpful article about how to write the diversity essay: https://blog.collegevine.com/4-tips-for-writing-a-diversity-college-essay/

Hope that helps!

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