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A range of academic interests personal perspectives and lifeexperiences adds much to the educational mix Given your personalbackground describe an experience that illustrates what you would bringto the diversity in a college community or an encounter thatdemonstrated the importance of diversity to youWe needed a change at least that was what they said Our schoolbuilding circa 1970 was too old and no longer structurally soundTheir slick presentation had convinced a surprising number of people inthe community that we were losing potential students to the more moderncampuses dotted around the citys suburbs A glamorous board offeredtheir findings and presented their research assuring us that their planwas the panacea demolishing most of the old structure and building fromscratch would prepare for generations to come We have the money butits in your pockets chirped the head of the fundraising committee Itwas mid-2007 and unbeknownst to us the recession was just around thecorner Even though the facilities were less than ideal we would temporarilytransfer the student body to the community center and would return to arenewed home once the project was completed Suddenly the recession wasstaring us in the face and construction stopped due to insufficientfunding The six month project suddenly turned into a year with no endin sightAnd just like that I found myself embroiled in the whole situation Ialways focused on my favorite things- music and math never on communitypolitics However student government elections were approaching and theonly way to take a leadership role in the situation and to raise studentmorale was to seek the presidencyOnly a fool would have launched his campaign in this climate and thatfool was me Teachers were scrambling for classrooms kids didnt have any schoolidentity and the whole community was entangled in an economic mess Yetwe set out to run with an unusual platform The party I spearheadedfocused on activities that would encourage people to participate and tobecome a community in the midst of a disaster Our victory was close
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