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As an Afghanistani male, I hate having to list 'Asian' on MBA applications. Given my name they probably think I'm Indian and the Afghani community is heavily underrepresented in business/tech/Finance

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But you are - Afghanistan is in Asia

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You are technically Asian. It’s not just East Asians who are in Asia.

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I'm not sure how much race is factored in if you're not from the underrepresented groups they consider for the Consortium (black, Hispanic, and Native American). I've seen some schools really disaggregate that data piece, so you can identify more specifically what you are (if not Afghani, then something else). You can also talk about your Afghani background in your essay if it fits into your story. Work experience in resume as well?

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Put other - Afghani!

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PWC1 -- I'm not insulting anyone's race. I'm ridiculing the white man pity party going on here. There's a huge difference.

The reality is that there is no such thing as an objective bar. Test scores and grades don't give a full picture of an applicant's performance or potential. If someone has a 650 GMAT because they were working 3 jobs to feed two kids and pay off student debt while studying, does that mean they cleared a higher or lower bar than someone who got a 750 but had their parents pay for college and give them the down payment for their first condo?

This is simple reality. It has nothing to do with color or race -- plenty of white folks struggle -- but it is the reason admissions committees look beyond numerical, supposedly "objective" metrics. They choose to try and build a class that is diverse along a number of dimensions, with race being one of them. Every person in that class performs above some certain minimum; they all clear the same bar. It's not higher for some than for others nor is it racist.

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Is there no “other” option?

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Yes, being a white male is really tough. My heart bleeds for you all.

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...so what

Yeah you’re screwed. Being in the asian pool sucks but hey you’re asian tho

Isn't it "afghan" and not afghani? Is there really a need to have specific nationalities represented in US firms - I don't think a lot of business goes on in Afghanistan now that we have the mineral rights to the Chinese.

If you are relying on your race to get in, you are doing it wrong.

Manager1, I'm not relying on my race, I have the scores :)
But still I'd rather compete against the entire applicant pool than be have to compete only against those bucketed into the same racial profile

Although I'm annoyed that if you are a white male that it hurts you. Even if you came from Eastern Europe and had to work hard to get to where you are, then mba admissions doesn't consider your life story, just the color of your skin and gender. All or this under and over represented groups annoys the hell out of me

Mba admissions is mostly affirmative action and nepotism (think rich whites helping their kids as an example)

EY1 is on point. Can confirm as an asian male

If they didnt use racist criteria itd be pretty much all white males and asians

BCG1 - Your heart should bleed for anyone who has to cross a higher bar to get to the same place as others. Insulting someone’s hard work because of their race is also racism so stop talking like a bernie supporter

And you think that all white males represent white privilege?

How else besides checking the box can you get to the outcome you are looking for? I suspect that your ethnic background is only part of a much larger you that becomes part of the representation you seek. Don’t buy into entitlement as a way to achievement instead move to empowerment then make it happen. I understand the box will still be irritating though

So now I have to work harder to get where I want to get because white males in the past did this or that?

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