In the process of applying to grad school, I’ve encountered some questions that stop and make me ask: really? This is what you want to know?

  •  Do you identify as LGBT?
  • Are you a member of any tribe?
  • Do you have any tribal affiliations you can explain a disability in visual form?
  • What is your sexual orientation?
  • Do you own a car?
  • Will you file 2012 taxes?
  • Do you have traffic violation of driving without a license?
  • What is the education level of your parents?
  • Have you ever received a parking violation, traffic ticket, or moving violation? (if yes, must accompany explanation)

Does it matter if I’m NOT LGBT or a member of a tribe? And why can/should a tribe member submit something in visual form? Are they suppose to be more creative? Is it a problem if I’m “straight”? If I do own or co-own a car, are you going to assume I have more dough for money? Filing 2012 taxes? Out of 30 schools, only one chose to ask this question. Shouldn’t that be left to FAFSA and the financial department, AFTER you’ve been accepted? Traffic violation without a license? Could you BE any more specific? Does it really matter how educated or uneducated my parents are? Are you going to reject someone on that basis? And last I heard, parking tickets or minor speeding tickets aren’t the end of the world.