Posted by: Louis Lavelle on August 13, 2008
If the essay portion of your MBA application includes a diversity question, you should answer it—if you can make the case that your background and experiences are sufficiently unique that it will add to the class mix. That’s the upshot of a new entry on Accepted.com’s Accepted Admissions Almanac. Sheila Bender writes:
If you are an immigrant to the US, the child of immigrants or someone whose ethnicity is a minority in the US, you might find this question an interesting one to show how your background will add to the mix of perspectives at the college you are applying to. If you are applying after having an unusual experience for applicants like joining the military, becoming part of a dance troupe, or caring for an elderly relative, you can use your experience to evoke the way in which you will bring diversity to campus.
Bender goes on to explain the kinds of experiences that are worth describing in your answer to the diversity question, including cultural or familily traditions and events that shaped your personality. Note: you don't need to be a minority applicant to take advantage of this question--anything that sets you apart from the pack (military experience, for example) is fair game.