Did I mess up

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mikel5400
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Did I mess up

Postby mikel5400 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:27 pm

I recently called University of Maryland Law school. I was speaking with the Dean of Admissions who had answered the phone. She knew my name and my info. I called her by her first name by mistake, and she corrected me and told her to call Dean or Dean _____, rather than by her first name. This was an honest mistake. Did I harm myself or ruin chances I get admitted?

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Bildungsroman
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Re: Did I mess up

Postby Bildungsroman » Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:30 pm

mikel5400 wrote:I recently called University of Maryland Law school. I was speaking with the Dean of Admissions who had answered the phone. She knew my name and my info. I called her by her first name by mistake, and she corrected me and told her to call Dean or Dean _____, rather than by her first name. This was an honest mistake. Did I harm myself or ruin chances I get admitted?

Nah. It's just a simple faux pas, and one that plenty of people make. Just be more careful in the future.

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Teoeo
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Re: Did I mess up

Postby Teoeo » Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:30 pm

Chill out. They aren't going to reject you because of something silly like this.

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mrtoren
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Re: Did I mess up

Postby mrtoren » Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:37 pm

mikel5400 wrote:I recently called University of Maryland Law school. I was speaking with the Dean of Admissions who had answered the phone. She knew my name and my info. I called her by her first name by mistake, and she corrected me and told her to call Dean or Dean _____, rather than by her first name. This was an honest mistake. Did I harm myself or ruin chances I get admitted?

Seriously? This is why I hate administrators. You give them a title and they go off on a delusional power trip..

In the future though, it is common courtesy to refer to someone you don't know very well as Mr. or Ms. (Last Name).

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Re: Did I mess up

Postby duckmoney » Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:38 pm

Last year I was interviewing for a scholarship at a school where the dean has a gender-ambiguous first name and addressed her as "Mr. So-and-so" in an email.

I got the scholarship. You're fine.




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