How to write the diversity essay with Moriah

Recorded Tuesday, November 2 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


What makes an applicant 'diverse?' How should you approach diversity in your essays?

Well, to find out, join Moriah for a breakdown of 'diversity' or 'community' essay type, including: what admissions officers are looking for, when to include school-specific info, and general tips for writing. She'll also go through an essay example or two on-air so you can see how admissions officers would critique this kind of essay.

Once the presentation is complete, Moriah will open up the floor for a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about diversity-themed essays.

Your host

Undergrad College: Cornell University '21

Major: Policy Analysis & Management

Work Experience: Outside of mentoring students on CollegeVine, I’m interested in finance and it’s intersection with the fashion industry. I currently work in finance for an international consumer packaged goods company.

My Admissions Story: Throughout high school I was especially interested in math and science and focused my college applications on schools with good science and pre-med programs. When I got to college I took my first introductory chemistry class with an incredibly difficult professor (he is one of the AP Chemistry test writers every year). After that, I decided to switch gears and focus on public policy as another way that I could help people.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Moriah and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
2:30@Nidhyati:Hello! Thanks for this session!
13:46@Nidhyati:Whatre some things students are not thinking of, when writing about diversity?
13:54@Nidhyati:Is it okay to use quote?
14:35@maramara:Is it ok to share your sexual orientation? Like can it affect your admission?
14:52@summerorbanwrites:How do you write about marginalized identities of yours without coming off as a charity case?
15:52@yidi:Can you say multiple things like your race, your leadership experience, and struggles as a whole? Or should we focus only on one thing that add to the diversity?
16:40@Nidhyati:Would you be reviewing any sample essays?
20:40@yidi:If you wrote about something in you personal statement, is it better o focus on something completely different?
28:34@Thali:I have a little problem when I’m writing, cause it gets like…confuse, that’s what my teachers say to me. So, could you give me some tips to prevent that kind of mistake?
29:02@Nidhyati:This totally changed my idea of diversity essay
29:41@AlProf:Is it cliche to write about being the only person of my race in my high school?
30:41@somaribb:I came a little later to the webinar, but could you give a small synopsis of key takeaways we should keep in mind when creating our diversity essays?
32:56@MylaLinn:I was planning on writing my diversity essay on being a part of different sports teams, such as my track team, and recreational activities (like rock climbing/rollerskating), but I can't exactly put into words what kind of community that is.
34:12@summerorbanwrites:When I'm writing diversity essays, I tend to focus on a lot of detailed anecdotes from middle school in regards with my disability because I was diagnosed so young. However, I'll be pushing up on the word limit and kind of sum up experiences of mine in high school with a rushed ending. I'm concerned this will be viewed negatively by top 30% colleges. Any advice?
35:38@yidi:when you said your essay is about being a black woman, how did you explain how it shaped who you are?
37:19@Nidhyati:I'm wondering if talking about my non-mainstream/unconventional (in this culture) extra-curricular activities like classical dance or classical vocal singing, unknown martial art as opposed to typical activities most follow would be a good topic?
39:43@Thali:Oh sorry, my english it’s not that good. What I was trying to know, its that it gets hard to understand the meaning of the essay while reading you know? And by that it gets confuse to get the message.
44:42@Bretton:to clarify - since most 650 words essay go to multiple colleges you cannot be specific. I was curious earlier. Or does that kind of summary ending sound too much like I am applying for a job? Will admission readers like this, or wonder why I did not conclude with a typical moment of reflection & look to the future sentence

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