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Learning Disability and Essays

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I am a re-applicant currently working on essays for R1 this year. I am wondering if it is ok to talk about a learning disability as the vehicle for talking about the value of introspection and knowing oneself. I am looking at using in the "failure" essay for Wharton as I chose not to tell anyone about it (including disabilities office) when I went to college. I was eager to shed the learning disabled tag, however this was obvisouly not a good decision. I progressed thru college without any assistance, however I can't help but feeling I left something on the table. I have made great strides in compensating for and mitigating this disability. When I started working, I got retested in order to study for and take the CPA exam and passed it successfully.

I feel like I can make this a pretty personal and meaningful essay, however I am very weary of talking about having a learning disability. Am I nuts to broadcast this to the adcom in such a way, or is this a usable subject? It doesn't appear anywhere else in my app (not test scores or anything).

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New post 28 Sep 2009, 19:45
There isn't a blanket "yes" or "no" answer to this kind of situation, as it really varies by individual circumstance and the nature of the condition.

If you're talking about something like dyslexia or ADD, then it probably won't cause any controversy or put an adcom in an awkward situation of having to make a judgment on you based on a pre-existing condition (too much healthcare talk these days starts to seep into my language haha)

If you have a history of psychiatric or mental illness (bipolar, clinical depression, etc) then it's a touchier subject because while an adcom isn't supposed to discriminate against you for it, they probably will (and will find some other excuse to ding you). Of course, the school will know your medical history once you've enrolled (if you sign up for student health insurance) but by then you're a student, not an applicant.

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