Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

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Sourpunch
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Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

Postby Sourpunch » Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:03 pm

I wrote my personal statement in Callibri font size 11. Freaking MS Word, the new one, it wasn't on Arial by default.

The difference is exactly like 3 or 4 lines from using Arial 12. Will law schools notice? Am I fucked?

Sourpunch
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Re: Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

Postby Sourpunch » Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:07 pm

The font looks EXACTLY like Arial its just slightly smaller. I mean basically putting it at Arial 12 would turn it into 2.25 pages instead of 2. Gah I hope this will be okay, I have a strong personal statement as well as a good application package..no idea how I overlooked this but Vista is a confusing bitch...

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Tanicius
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Re: Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

Postby Tanicius » Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:13 pm

Okay, really, it's not going to matter.

Sourpunch
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Re: Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

Postby Sourpunch » Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:14 pm

Man I hope so:( Worked hard for my LSAT etc... and would murder myself if I ruined it all by selecting 11 instead of 12..lol.

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Re: Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

Postby rw2264 » Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:28 pm

...your main concern should not be the font you chose for your PS, but your stress level. if you keep worrying like this for the rest of your life you will have a heart attack. repeat after me: fuck it, its fine.

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Re: Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

Postby driveshaft » Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:55 pm

rw2264 wrote:...your main concern should not be the font you chose for your PS, but your stress level. if you keep worrying like this for the rest of your life you will have a heart attack. repeat after me: fuck it, its fine.

This. Also, I submitted my PS in 11 point Arial and am 5/5 at T14 schools so far.

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Re: Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

Postby Sourpunch » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:05 pm

Haha thanks guys. I just don't want to have nothing to do with my life. Need to get into one of these schools. And I'm banking a lot on getting into UCLA and USC...financially this would be an incredible option for me...either one of course.

(So much so that I would honestly pick UCLA over Cornell/Georgetown and would honestly consider doing the same for USC).

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Re: Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

Postby Yimbeezy » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:15 pm

rw2264 wrote:...your main concern should not be the font you chose for your PS, but your stress level. if you keep worrying like this for the rest of your life you will have a heart attack. repeat after me: fuck it, it's fine.


+1

That'd be a good bumpersticker (with my slight edit and maybe a semicolon? diana hacker, where are you when i need you?).

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Re: Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

Postby DoubleChecks » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:35 pm

Sourpunch wrote:Haha thanks guys. I just don't want to have nothing to do with my life. Need to get into one of these schools. And I'm banking a lot on getting into UCLA and USC...financially this would be an incredible option for me...either one of course.

(So much so that I would honestly pick UCLA over Cornell/Georgetown and would honestly consider doing the same for USC).


if the school wants you, this will not affect anything whatsoever

plenty of ppl had typos, over the limit PS's, etc. and still got into their target school (but their numbers were good)

if you are very borderline or subpar on the numbers, it'd be something id worry about a tad more, but if not, erase it from your concerns

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Re: Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

Postby chadwick218 » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:37 pm

I have heard of a CIV PRO professor docking a student a 1/3 of a letter grade for not using the correct font when the instructions clearly said TIME NEW ROMAN SIZE 12 FONT. Her point was the civil procedure is about the rules and in the rule world, if you can't follow the courts rules, your claim often will not even make it in the door!

In your situation, don't sweat it ...

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Re: Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

Postby BenJ » Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:38 pm

Many schools don't even specify font. Those that do tend to explicitly allow various fonts (usually TNR and Arial at the least) and various sizes (10-12, usually). Since Calibri 11 is between Arial 11 and Arial 12, and since they'll only see it in PDF and printed format, they won't care.

I agree on the hating of Word 2007 for changing the default fonts. WTF, Microsoft?

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Re: Is this a big mistake that might hurt me?

Postby Credit » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:06 pm

driveshaft wrote:
rw2264 wrote:...your main concern should not be the font you chose for your PS, but your stress level. if you keep worrying like this for the rest of your life you will have a heart attack. repeat after me: fuck it, its fine.

This. Also, I submitted my PS in 11 point Arial and am 5/5 at T14 schools so far.


I think with your numbers it would have taken a pretty big mistake to make them even think about rejecting you. P.S. Congrats, that's awesome.




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