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Would saying I'm transgender be a hook for HYPS?

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Replies to: Would saying I'm transgender be a hook for HYPS?

  • StannistheMannisStannistheMannis 14 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    @okon2122 Fair enough. Still, based on his theories, I don't think it's something Princeton ought to be looking for in their student body. If it will help me get accepted, I have no moral hesitations about saying I'm one of those.
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  • okon2122okon2122 267 replies21 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    You have to keep in mind AdComs have read literally thousands and thousands of essays, and they do a pretty good job of detecting authenticity. You might come across as fraudulent. I would go ahead and go to your state's flagship, or whatever has the best *your major here* program. Your state will accept you and give you merit aid.
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  • okon2122okon2122 267 replies21 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    And, you should keep in mind schools DO rescind applicants. If they admitted you on basis of transgenderism, and they find you're not, you can get into huge trouble.
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  • StannistheMannisStannistheMannis 14 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    @okon2122 Yeah, but by doing that they'd have to admit that they only admitted me because I said I was transgender. I don't think they want to do that, even if it actually did make a difference. Plus, aren't people encouraged to question their identities now? I'll just say I was genuinely questioning, and thought at the time I really was. They can't say anything.
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  • uskoolfishuskoolfish 2905 replies50 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited December 2015
    @StannistheMannis First, I think you would be incapable of writing an authentic sounding essay dealing with your "struggle."

    Second, I only think it would be a hook if an applicant actually fought to gain rights/ acceptance for transgender students--or at least was a champion of gender/ sexuality diversity.

    So really, saying you are transgender isn't the point. Fighting for their rights IS the point. And you don't need to be transgender to do that. That would be a much better hook. But I imagine it's a little too late in the game for that.
    edited December 2015
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34107 replies377 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    It's not a hook. It won't help anyone in the least, if they aren't highly qualified. Ok? Try to remember there are thousands of qualified kids, including URMs. They aren't looking for unusual bullets and ignoring the fact this a competitive four year experience. Applies also to kids who 'fight for rights.'

    OP is way off.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34107 replies377 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Adcoms don't assume whether or not there is family support. Ime, they realize many kids are LGBT or questioning and that this crosses many socio-economic lines. No one should over-interpret the question. Admissions isn't really the point at which a U would evaluate the need for support programs.

    If anything, adcoms are very clued into teen behavior; they deal with kids all year, year in and year out. I will agree OP shows a lack of understanding of both the identity and how admissions works.
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  • NedconeNedcone 359 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    I would rather keep such a person away from LGBT centers.
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  • fallenchemistfallenchemist 24269 replies860 threadsHonorary Super Mod Inactive
    edited December 2015
    I am closing this thread as I don't think there is any further benefit to be had. It could be a prank thread; as is often the case it is hard to say. Which is exactly why I am not deleting the thread entirely. Assuming the OP is not pranking us: As misguided as I would then consider him to be, this issue is new enough to still have a huge number of people that have archaic notions regarding the issues involved, which are numerous. Hopefully his statements and the rebuttals involved will inform others in a constructive manner.

    However, as always, no matter how vile or misguided you think the statements of another member to be, answering them in an uncivil manner is not the way to handle it. Disagree civilly, and/or report the any violations you think have occurred. You can report people as being troIls if you want, you just can't use that word on the public boards. We didn't ban it because it doesn't happen, we banned it because we are trying to discourage people just getting into insults and name calling instead of reporting such posts.
    edited December 2015
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