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Bad to hint that I'm poor?

coolpillowcoolpillow - Posts: 323 Member
edited November 2012 in College Essays
I wrote my common app essay and it hints that my family is not well-off financially (which is true).

Will this have adverse effect on my admission, even for the "need-blind" schools?
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Replies to: Bad to hint that I'm poor?

  • lilmelonredlilmelonred Registered User Posts: 2,041 Senior Member
    They are not going to go against you just because you are poor. It would be a good thing depending on what you are trying to write about. Like you will try to achieve better and someday become successful and making money when you go to college or something like that...
  • drakorisingdrakorising Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    If it's an undertone in your essay, it's a great way to stylize your writing. If it seems like you're throwing the "i'm poor so my life was really hard" in their face repeatedly and your life was relatively normal by regular standards, than that'll probably negative affect you.
  • blackstar0blackstar0 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    Yeah as the two above me stated, i guess subtle state that but not a in your face thing
  • HazelCapriHazelCapri Registered User Posts: 173 Junior Member
    for top schools that are need blind and look at applicants holistically for socioeconomic and ethnic diversity, being low income high achieving can be a plus, especially if you can manage to portray your situation in a positive, empowering light. in other words, your background can help you stand out against the majority of applicants that are mostly upper middle class. note though that this is more for very selective schools that are in need of socioeconomic diversity. they have the money for FA, but not enough low income kids that are competitive for admissions.

    for need aware schools, the act of applying for FA may negatively affect your chances.
  • slant6slant6 Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
    My family's income is below the poverty line, and I'm very straightforward about that in a few of my essays. My rule is to only say it if they need to know, and if I say it, to say it upfront without a hint of shame. For me, there are a few situations where I do feel like they need to know -- it's something that has really shaped who I am.
    My advice is, if you feel like you must talk about being poor, don't be too subtle about it. Make sure they know you're not ashamed. However, don't be negative about it either, or complain -- even though being poor is obviously a negative situation, they know that. You don't need to tell them how much it sucks. Instead, focus on how your family's situation has made you strong.
  • coolpillowcoolpillow - Posts: 323 Member
    Just wanted to thank everyone for advice... really helpful!
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