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Is it a bad idea to bring up religion or politics in essays?

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Is it a bad idea to bring up religion or politics in essays? [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2010, 08:37
Are these topics not a good idea to discuss in essays as a way to highlight diversity? I think my being atheist is somewhat unique and has definately shaped my way of looking at the world and affected the decisions I've made for what I feel is the better. However I could see how this could be interpreted as a negative by some people, especially when it conflicts with their own religious beliefs. I'm afraid that saying being an atheist has taught me to think critically and question everything, even though true and a part of me, may be looked at in the same way as if I said I learned business skills by being a drug dealer :) Any thoughts on this?
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Re: Is it a bad idea to bring up religion or politics in essays? [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2010, 14:27
this certainly is a controversial issue.

understand one thing: everyone is biased towards something, including the AdComs.

Readers in the admission committee are humans and have humanly feelings. Sure, part of it has to do with luck...that perhaps the reader won the State's lottery that morning and is letting everyone into the school (not likely, but always a possibility). By writing on some controversial topics, you put yourself at risk of having your application read by a highly subjective person. Of course, you can probably spin your essay well on any topic if you can write well, but just make sure that you have plenty of people read it beforehand to see if they may feel offended by your writing. I think by stating that you're an atheist, it really should be fine. And I do think you may be crossing the line if you start bashing on someone else's religion and/or politics.
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