Confused about how to describe myself: Hispanic, Asian, American Indian?
I hope this doesn't end up being too controversial of a question. Basically, my mother was born and raised in Peru and my father was born and raised in Sri Lanka. They met in America.
There is no doubt in my mind that I am Hispanic. I have been learning Spanish since a young age and have visited Peru several times, more than I have visited Sri Lanka. In addition, I have lots of Peruvian family members living nearby that I constantly interact with. I am truly immersed in the culture. On the other hand, none of my Sri Lankan relatives live here and I am almost entirely disconnected from that side of my heritage.
How should I approach the demographics section of the common app? At first, what seemed logical was just affirming "Yes" to the "Are you Hispanic" question and leaving the question about race blank. This is an honest answer, but I feel like the admissions officers might get dubious if they see an asian-sounding last name without any explanation of race.
The other option is both affirming "Yes" to the "Are you Hispanic" question and then marking two down races: Asian and American-Indian (Incan ancestors). This is mainly to take advantage of the American-Indian boost, which is also honest because my mom's Peruvian lineage goes way back. On second thought, do I even have to mention the Asian part or is doing so blatantly dishonest?
Which of these options would give me the best boost when applying to college? I have the scores to be highly competitive to the Ivies, but any extra push will help. Thanks!
(Sorry if this isn't super cohesive, I'm writing this at 2AM)