I’m in the midst of doing my PhD applications right now, writing my essays, hence the radio silence and lack of progress on my NaNoWriMo project. I have four apps due on Sunday and three of them are good ones in California, (where the future would be good for me and Cohiba). So I really wanna do well on them.
One of the schools to which I’m applying is Berkley, and part of their application includes a personal history statement, and it’s clear they’re looking for things about diversity. But I’m pretty WASPy. I grew up in West County (and if you know St. Louis, that’ll mean something to you.) How can I talk about diversity?
I was on a PhD forum looking for advice about tackling this essay, and one of the folks said, perhaps facetiously, to get drunk and write it. So I sit here now, wine in hand (not totally drunk; it is a work night) but hopefully the thoughts will flow a little more freely than usual. I’m not inflicting them on everyone, because you don’t show off a rough cut to a publisher, but I did want to say hi to all of you and talk a bit about this. Has anyone else done this essay? How did you do?