College Essay Diversity (3 TIPS TO STAND OUT NO MATTER WHAT!)

College Essay Diversity (3 TIPS TO STAND OUT NO MATTER WHAT!)

October 14, 2019 11 By Stanley Isaacs


Dr. Josie: So, you don’t know how to stand
out in your essay. You’ve lived a pretty uneventful 18 years,
in a good way, but now you don’t have quote/unquote diversity in your essay. Dr. Josie: Stick around and I will show you
3 ways you can include diversity, and you can really stand out, no matter what. Dr. Josie: Thank you for joining me on my
channel. For the best college essay advice subscribe
and hit the bell to be notified when I post new video. Dr. Josie: If you think your identity is pretty
standard, nothing crazy has happened, and you’re afraid to compete on this piece of
text with students who have had authentically real, tough, or exceptional experiences, don’t
worry. Stick around. By the end of this video I will show you three
quick tips to add dimension and diversity to your essay no matter what. Dr. Josie: Hi. I’m Dr. Josie with Write Your Acceptance. Dr. Josie: As a university faculty member
at the University of Miami, and as college essay expert with Write Your Acceptance, I
have worked with hundreds of students, all happy in college now, or graduates by now. And now it’s your turn. Now let’s work on making you memorable for
your acceptance into college. Dr. Josie: There are three worthy options
when concretely thinking about diversity for this essay. Diversity of identity, of thought, and of
values. Dr. Josie: So, option one. Diversity of Identity. Dr. Josie: Do you speak multiple languages? Are you part of a community, a collective,
that is either by birth or that you’ve nurtured these 18 years, that is different, is unique
to you? Don’t only think about, kinda don’t limit
yourself to cultural, but also let’s say, horseback riding, or debate team, or soccer. Dr. Josie: But let’s first start with languages. If you speak multiple languages, you speak
let’s say, a little bit of French, or you’re fluent in Spanish or German, you don’t have
to be Spanish, French or German to use it. You can borrow and bring in snippets of dialog
into your essay. Dr. Josie: Let’s say you bring in snippets
of dialog showing you speak that language while ordering at a restaurant. Or while calming down a child in their native
tongue. So, this shows that you are interested in
various cultures and modes of communication, and connectivity, right? And it really deepens the dimension of who
you are and who you’re becoming. So that’s super important. Dr. Josie: Option two. Diversity of Thought. Dr. Josie: Do you kinda go against the crowd? Are you comfortable playing Devil’s advocate
where everyone says, “Oh, that’s impossible,” and then you say why not, and then you actually
deliver? Are you not on Instagram, Snapchat, I hope
you’re on YouTube. Is there kind of a different aspect where
you are comfortable going against everyone else. Dr. Josie: You can use that, either as part
of the kind of structure of the essay, or as a small anecdote. Dr. Josie: Do you have an idea of what element
of diversity you want to add, include in your essay but don’t know where or how? Comment below and share your idea. Dr. Josie: Option three. Diversity of Values. Dr. Josie: So this is the trickiest of the
three, because you’re injecting kind of judgment and you don’t want to be too judgey with the
reasoning. What you’re kind of setting yourself up apart
with. Dr. Josie: So, for instance, let’s say you
love to read to first graders, and volunteer whenever possible. Or, you love playing cards with your grandma. Or you have a not so smart I-phone. Or not so smart smartphone I guess. You wanna talk about why, what does this aspect
or quirky kind of detail of who you are, how does it differentiate you and why from your
peers? Dr. Josie: So, let’s say the whole not so
smart smartphone. You like kind of to have pockets of unplugged
moments. Right? Where we are as a society, definitely as kind
of younger generations, more plugged in than ever. And you can talk about how that allows you
to be more present and mindful, which is, you know, a really topical buzzword these
days. Dr. Josie: So think about what you can use
as a marker of difference, and then bring in judgment, values, as to what that means
to you, why it’s so important to you. Dr. Josie: So whether you bring in diversity
of identity, of thought, values, or all three, make sure your essay has both creative and
critical techniques. I’ve a free college essay template download
on my website, writeyouracceptance.com, it gives you kind of an idea of where you can
put what information for the essay, and then if you wanna get off the youtube search pages,
which can get a little overwhelming, helpful none the less, but overwhelming, check out
our content and community on the website, writeyouracceptance.com, I’m already working
with students, wrapping up their essays and receiving personalized feedback from yours
truly on their progress and their essays, and their content. Dr. Josie: So, check us out and share with
your college bound peers. If you like this video, click that you liked
it and subscribe. Dr. Josie: Thank you so much.