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07 Nov 2006, 01:09
How important is Nationality in the admissions process? Suppose a person is orginially from India but now is a citizen of some unknown nation, does that isolate the candidate from the INDIAN bucket?

Talking to Wharton, the answer appeared to be - 'no'. I wonder whether nationality plays an unofficial role in the selection process.
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07 Nov 2006, 05:17
sm176811 wrote:
How important is Nationality in the admissions process? Suppose a person is orginially from India but now is a citizen of some unknown nation, does that isolate the candidate from the INDIAN bucket?

Talking to Wharton, the answer appeared to be - 'no'. I wonder whether nationality plays an unofficial role in the selection process.

How would they know you were "originally" Indian? The only indicator of nationality would be citizenship no?
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07 Nov 2006, 08:28
Essays!
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07 Nov 2006, 09:21
sm176811 wrote:
Essays!

Just don't tell em your indian. Tell em your indo pacific islander.
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07 Nov 2006, 10:01
rhyme wrote:
sm176811 wrote:
Essays!

Just don't tell em your indian. Tell em your indo pacific islander.

he he!
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07 Nov 2006, 14:27
<------------Whiteboy

Seems like my nationality has hurt me ever since I applied to undergrad - but I certainly dont let that keep me from applying where I want to go or reaching my goals.
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07 Nov 2006, 14:46
nothing wrong with being a whiteboy in MBA applications... not as good as a girl or minority... but figure out ways to make you sound like a unique whiteboy...
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07 Nov 2006, 14:49
Haha thats been the hard part - I think it is hard to be a unique whiteboy.

My sister is applying this year too - she is definitely lucky to have the gender role going for her - but I would still rather be a man any day lol.
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07 Nov 2006, 15:05
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Last edited by dukes on 06 Dec 2006, 11:02, edited 1 time in total.
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07 Nov 2006, 15:17
I'd be a bit scared of having dual US/other nation citizenship, declaring your other citizenship, and then showing up and discussing it if you don't have a compelling cause. If you were ethnically/racially Kenyan or something and grew up in the US, found "your culture" in your early adulthood, and as a result identified with it and so claimed that on your app I can understand that. If you say were some whiteboy and your family was in foreign service and happened to give birth to you in another nation when on assignment and as a result you have that citizenship as well but have no reason to claim it over your US citizenship I'd be careful with that. Have a reason and be able to explain it... if you do go ahead but if you don't I certainly wouldn't try it.
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07 Nov 2006, 19:06
While one should clearly not be deceptive, if you are a bona fide citizen of another nation, then you can legitmately claim to be a citizen of that nation. Someone born in a country that recognizes citizenship by location of birth (such as the United States) is just as much a citizen of that country as any other citizen. The ethnicity of the individual is not germane to this inquiry as long as s/he is a bona fide citizen of the indicated nation.
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07 Nov 2006, 20:24
In the case where you have dual citizenship ethnicity may certainly be a reason for identifying with the other nation rather than the US. It most certainly is germane.
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08 Nov 2006, 06:39
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...but I would still rather be a man any day lol.

that's a male chauvinistic piggish kind of talk
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10 Nov 2006, 17:20
I think that it'd be easy for the schools to figure out since many of them ask you for your birth city.
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10 Nov 2006, 19:02
The city of birth is less informative than it might appear at first glance. It merely establishes where one was born, and does not necessarily connote either that person's legal status in the place of birth or that person's legal status with regard to other nations.

For example, an individual born to foreign parents in the US would have a US birth city but could also have legal status in another that derives from the citizenship of his/her parents.
10 Nov 2006, 19:02
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