jaws wrote:I just realized an error on the bottom section of my resume. I spelled "extracurricular" like-a-so: "extracirricular" . Sickening mistake. It is tucked away on the bottom of the second page of the resume, and it is in an otherwise carefully edited application that's not riddled with errors. I conveniently submitted this resume to Stanford, NYU, and Columbia also. First, any idea if this is a make-or-break mistake? Second, I already emailed NYU and Columbia an "updated" version of the resume. Would this be a good idea at Harvard? I submitted on 11/15 and have been UR for a while, not sure of the exact date. So I'm leaning toward not mailing a new copy of the resume, thinking that it might be too late and that it might also just highlight the error. My numbers are 173/3.81.
This kind of question gets asked a lot, and the usual answer is "it will have virtually no effect."
Imagine you were someone reading applications all day, for months straight. What are the odds that you'd notice the error? If you did notice it, what effect would it have on your evaluation of the person? I'm sure that numerous or more egregious typos would give the impression of sloppiness, but if I were you, I'd probably just do nothing.