Hey guys, I just wanted some input on a rather controversial issue. I am a blonde, blue eyed upper middle class girl with a wee bit of Spanish blood in me from waaaay back. Recently a colleague revealed that he (a Hispanic male) got into Harvard med school with a 3.7 GPA. He urged me to “go ahead and check the mixed box” on my apps, because Hispanic women are quite underepresented in medicine, so it can give you a significant edge. I do speak Spanish, which I have been told is helpful because it gives you a “stronger tie” to the culture in the eyes of the adcoms. My questions are:
- How deeply do schools delve into your ethnic background? Can they research it somehow and decide that it “doesn’t count,” affirmative action-wise?
- How much of an edge does it give your, really?