WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

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WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby Cpwilson » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:46 pm

Hey everyone-

my gf sent her UVA personal statement to every school by mistake. It's the same statement, just with the school name reading Virginia in every one. What should she do?

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby Knock » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:47 pm

Cpwilson wrote:Hey everyone-

my gf sent her UVA personal statement to every school by mistake. It's the same statement, just with the school name reading Virginia in every one. What should she do?


Probably email them a new updated PS. Write something vague like "noticed an error, please use the correct personal statement in making a decision on my application."

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby bk1 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:47 pm

Send an updated one via email and hope they just swap it out.

Pretty sure this is something that they will notice.

ETA: Knock is faster at the internets.

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Postby BlueDiamond » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:48 pm

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby CGI Fridays » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:58 pm

I hereby agree with the poster who agreed with the kitty who agreed with the quick-to-the-draw glockslinger.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby Moral_Midgetry » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:00 pm

Many schools won't let you replace a PS. They'll let you add the corrected version. This kind of stuff happens. Make the correction. It will save a little face.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby The Stig » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:06 pm

Cpwilson wrote:Hey everyone-

my gf sent her UVA personal statement to every school by mistake. It's the same statement, just with the school name reading Virginia in every one. What should she do?


ED to UVA?

sorry, I couldn't resist... :D

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Postby Moral_Midgetry » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:07 pm

On an unrelated note, wilson, join us in the Dec refuge thread.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby socraticmethodman » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:14 pm

The Stig wrote:
Cpwilson wrote:Hey everyone-

my gf sent her UVA personal statement to every school by mistake. It's the same statement, just with the school name reading Virginia in every one. What should she do?


ED to UVA?

sorry, I couldn't resist... :D


lmao, that was funny.

OP-I think the best bet is to do what all the above posters have said. Hopefully everything works out.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby Drake014 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:16 pm

Cpwilson wrote:Hey everyone-

my gf sent her UVA personal statement to every school by mistake. It's the same statement, just with the school name reading Virginia in every one. What should she do?


From the headlines I thought she put like "Anita Boner" instead of her own name. This mistake's much easier to explain away.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby Leira7905 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:22 pm

If it makes you feel any better, I had a goofy typo in the version of my PS that I sent to my top choice, and still got in. It wasn't quite as egregious as the wrong name bit, but still...

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby Emma. » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:28 pm

Ugh. Hope she likes UVA!

Edit: The Stig beat me too it and probably has TCR.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby starbucksjunkie » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:23 pm

I agree with the previous comments. Fortunately for her they see this sort of mistake often so they may not judge her harshly. Just send the updated PS with a brief apology.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby Drake014 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:28 pm

Cpwilson wrote:Hey everyone-

my gf sent her UVA personal statement to every school by mistake. It's the same statement, just with the school name reading Virginia in every one. What should she do?


Seriously though, this is why I didn't put the name of the school on the PS.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby CanadianWolf » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:35 pm

Ask for a refund of the application fee as it was obviously sent in error.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby TommyK » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:58 pm

love it. My gf while in undergrad sent the wrong PS to all 8 of the schools she applied to for grad school, which explicitly stated another institution's name, and how much she wanted to go to that school. She was able to call and swap it out.

Uplifting postscript to that story: She ended up getting accepted into all the schools anyways (but ended up attending the school that was listed in the PS - big shocker, right?)

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby DeeCee » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:59 pm

Drake014 wrote:
Cpwilson wrote:Hey everyone-

my gf sent her UVA personal statement to every school by mistake. It's the same statement, just with the school name reading Virginia in every one. What should she do?


From the headlines I thought she put like "Anita Boner" instead of her own name. This mistake's much easier to explain away.


lol I thought the same thing.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby paulinaporizkova » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:41 pm

wow, that's a really fucking dumb mistake to make. she sent it to every school? god. i guess i would hope i got into UVA if i were her.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby paulinaporizkova » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:43 pm

The Stig wrote:
Cpwilson wrote:Hey everyone-

my gf sent her UVA personal statement to every school by mistake. It's the same statement, just with the school name reading Virginia in every one. What should she do?


ED to UVA?

sorry, I couldn't resist... :D


HAHA I THOUGHT THE EXACT SAME THING. i wrote a little different response. see above :)

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby cinephile » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:12 pm

They'll allow you to submit a corrected version, but they'll keep the original as well and make a note to your file.

Best of luck to her, hopefully this is common enough that adcoms don't judge applicants to harshly for these sorts of things. I made a somewhat similar mistake by sending a targeted LOR to the wrong school -- and it turned out it didn't matter.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby WayBryson » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:44 pm

I made a similar mistake in my Berkeley application. I had misspelled "Berkeley" as "Berkley" in my earlier drafts. I caught the error when doing my final grammar sweeps (along with another minor error) and corrected it. However, I had made the same mistake in the file name and accidentally resaved the final version in some godforsaken file directory instead of overwriting the previous version...

To make a long story short, I noticed this mistake the next morning, and emailed Berkeley immediately with the correct personal statement. They emailed me back within five minutes saying they had swapped statements for me. In my opinion, it is better to acknowledge and correct the mistake than hope they won’t notice.

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby Dany » Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 am

Tell "your girlfriend" to just send them an updated copy via email with an extremely nice note about how it was an error and here is the corrected version while reaffirming her interest in [hopefully the correct school's name here].

I... may or may not have sent Duke my UChicago PS. I replaced it after they had had the application for 8 days and was accepted the next afternoon. :D

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby CGI Fridays » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:27 am

eskimo wrote:Tell "your girlfriend" ...

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby Nicholasnickynic » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:46 am

/self unless you want to go to uva AND you get in there. Otherwise, definitely /self

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Re: WRONG NAME in personal statement. What to do?

Postby CGI Fridays » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:48 am

Nicholasnickynic wrote:/self unless you want to go to uva AND you get in there. Otherwise, definitely /self

eskimo wrote:I... may or may not have sent Duke my UChicago PS. I replaced it after they had had the application for 8 days and was accepted the next afternoon. :D




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