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name dropping colleagues not that close [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 12:40
I name dropped one colleague in the group who I am not that closely working with and said he confirmed my conviction to specific school. but actually i never talked with him about my application.

will this be considered cheating? will school call my colleague?

if is not a good practice, I'll just remove the name..
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Re: name dropping colleagues not that close [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 12:43
As a former Wharton admissions officer, I never liked it when people name dropped. I would not recommend name dropping unless you know that the person you are addressing (which in the application is both nobody and everybody) has a direct link with the person whose name you are dropping. As for checking, I would not worry that any sort of check will take place - admissions is simply too busy to deal with that level of minutia.

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Re: name dropping colleagues not that close [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 12:46
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As a former Wharton admissions officer, I never liked it when people name dropped. I would not recommend name dropping unless you know that the person you are addressing (which in the application is both nobody and everybody) has a direct link with the person whose name you are dropping. As for checking, I would not worry that any sort of check will take place - admissions is simply too busy to deal with that level of minutia.

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I am actually adding finishing touch to wharton essays. Thank you! will remove my colleague name then. without a name will adcom think I am talking nonsense when I mention my collegues gave me a wharton conviction?
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Re: name dropping colleagues not that close [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 13:37
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On to my ethics high horse. Don't write about stuff you just made up.

I got rejected from Wharton fair and square. It wouldnt be fair to me or any other applicant to lie on any part of your app.

Now down from my soapbox. It was nice of you to ask others for ethics help here and I agree with your removal of the name drop. Good luck with you app and best of luck with all the schools you apply to.
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Re: name dropping colleagues not that close [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 13:47
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As a former Wharton admissions officer, I never liked it when people name dropped. I would not recommend name dropping unless you know that the person you are addressing (which in the application is both nobody and everybody) has a direct link with the person whose name you are dropping. As for checking, I would not worry that any sort of check will take place - admissions is simply too busy to deal with that level of minutia.

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Kimberly -- this might count as a 'direct' link, but how do you feel about name dropping professors? I met with a Wharton prof and talked with him about the entrepreneurship program and some of my ideas. I have written something like: "...after talking with Professor X about y, I am excited to do z" in the professional objectives essay. Is the name unnecessary?
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Re: name dropping colleagues not that close [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 13:52
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Kimberly -- this might count as a 'direct' link, but how do you feel about name dropping professors? I met with a Wharton prof and talked with him about the entrepreneurship program and some of my ideas. I have written something like: "...after talking with Professor X about y, I am excited to do z" in the professional objectives essay. Is the name unnecessary?


Name drop the professors til the cows come home if you spoke with them and they did excite you. Part of applying to school is proving to them you like their community and want nothing more than to be a part of it. Very important to get specific on professors and classes you would like to take.
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Re: name dropping colleagues not that close [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 15:45
If you have spoken to a professor and this person provided some critical information about the school/program that is pertinent to your application/candidacy/goals, then it is acceptable to include it. The biggest problem with name dropping is that some candidates go overboard and it becomes totally unbelievable (and actually annoying). A name here or there, in the context that you propose, is fine.

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