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Submission mistakes [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2007, 10:29
I have submitted application for 2 schools so far. Just to see how my essays looked after a few weeks, I read all of them today.

I caught 2 tp 3 mistakes namely, absence of commas in certain places, inconsistencies in the names of people I used in the essays, even essay continuity issues. In fact, the more I reread, the more inconsistencies/mistakes I seem to find. Net result, I am so not happy with my submissions.

My question is - Is there anyone out there with a similar experience and if so, are you guys doing anything about it like writing a letter to the school explaining the corrections or requesting resubmissions etc.

Any feedback is appreciated.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2007, 10:40
This is why I try not to go back to reread essays. You are pretty much stuck with what you sent. Especially now since they probably have already been read by at least one or two people. Don't worry it, very few people submit flawless essays.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2007, 13:45
I found a couple of mistakes in my essays too. Don't worry about it, I don't think anything can be done. The more I read my essays, I more I think I should have worded something differently or not mentioned something. Time will tell if I am just being paranoid.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2007, 21:04
That's ok. I think i wrote the wrong essay. :(

that's far worse than a few mistakes....
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2007, 18:56
Thanks guys. I am still battling whether I should postportem my essays after the fact to help my next application or just leave things the way it is and not damage my morale.

Thanks for the input.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2007, 19:38
I've come to realize that there is no such thing as a finished essay.

I found an idiomatic mistake in my Stan app. Clearly if I don't get in, that'll be why :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2007, 19:59
I found one typo in my Wharton essay, and some mistakes in the short answer responses for Kellogg and Wharton. Generally I think schools will overlook this if it doesn't impact readability. Don't look at your submitted essays...looking at them just makes me sad.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2007, 20:12
I submitted my Stanford essays, and then got a scathing (on purpose) review from a Stanford GSB student (he said he was being extra harsh to help me out) AFTERwards. I was curious enough (BIG mistake) to open the word document containing his comments, and saw a few mistakes before I quickly closed it and never looked at it again.

Moral of story, once you submit, DON'T cry over spilled milk anymore. Move on, ace your interviews, and hope for the best. :)
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2007, 00:57
Count me in. I had one major brain fart sentence in one essay...comma at the end of the sentence instead of a period...left out a simple word...I looked over these essays so many times I can't believe I let those typos slip. They are all in the same sentence! DUH!!!!!!!!!!! Of course now the mistake seems so huge that it obliterates the rest of the essay. Now all that is left is to see what happens.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2007, 01:07
Ok, so while preparing for my UCLA interview, I found out that I said I wanted to join UCLA's international business program, BUT I used *Haas'* program name instead of UCLA's (they're quite different)! Eek! I'm glad I didn't look at my essays until I got the interview invite, otherwise I would have panicked. Then again, I also almost said "Stan..." during the interview while describing one of UCLA's programs... oh boy... I sense a ding coming... :shock:
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2007, 05:08
On the same note, what if I got the title of a mentor wrong? it's a mentor from an extra curricular activity who nominated me for a position within the org. That person is NOT a recommendor, I just mentioned her very briefly in my essays and got her title wrong. I made the same mistake for several schools unfortunately.

1) Should I notify adcoms?

2) If so, when? upon called for interviews? Is that too late? Becuase I figured, if they don't call me for interviews then why bother?

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2007, 05:12
aceman626 wrote:
On the same note, what if I got the title of a mentor wrong? it's a mentor from an extra curricular activity who nominated me for a position within the org. That person is NOT a recommendor, I just mentioned her very briefly in my essays and got her title wrong. I made the same mistake for several schools unfortunately.

1) Should I notify adcoms?

2) If so, when? upon called for interviews, is that too late? Is that too late? Becuase I figured, if they don't call me for interviews then why bother?


I do not think that this mistake is significant enough to notify adcoms. This will only draw their attention to the mistake.
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Mistake but still accepted. [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2007, 07:44
Just to make you guys feel better, I was accepted at Columbia and I read over my optional essay and I wrote "Cornell" instead of "Coumbia" in one of the concluding sentences. Obviously that one mistake was not a dealbreaker.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2007, 09:17
Honestly, I haven't looked at my essays since I submitted my app, and may never look at them again. It really isn't worth the stress.
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Re: Mistake but still accepted. [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2007, 09:26
sattellite wrote:
Just to make you guys feel better, I was accepted at Columbia and I read over my optional essay and I wrote "Cornell" instead of "Coumbia" in one of the concluding sentences. Obviously that one mistake was not a dealbreaker.


Oh man, that's a good one! :) I guess the adcoms are being honest when they say they won't ding someone just because of that! :wink:
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Re: Mistake but still accepted. [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2007, 10:33
sattellite wrote:
Just to make you guys feel better, I was accepted at Columbia and I read over my optional essay and I wrote "Cornell" instead of "Coumbia" in one of the concluding sentences. Obviously that one mistake was not a dealbreaker.


Oh, wow...that makes me feel a lot better.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2007, 18:51
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aceman626 wrote:
On the same note, what if I got the title of a mentor wrong? it's a mentor from an extra curricular activity who nominated me for a position within the org. That person is NOT a recommendor, I just mentioned her very briefly in my essays and got her title wrong. I made the same mistake for several schools unfortunately.

1) Should I notify adcoms?

2) If so, when? upon called for interviews, is that too late? Is that too late? Becuase I figured, if they don't call me for interviews then why bother?


I do not think that this mistake is significant enough to notify adcoms. This will only draw their attention to the mistake.


Ok makes me feel a little better..however the other people's mistakes so far are just plain typos, but for me, I got the position of my mentor wrong, so would I come across as lying? I can tell adcom about it, i guess its pretty straightforward procedure, but somewhat of a hassle and like u said I don't want to bring their attention to it.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2007, 19:56
Titles dont matter.... You are sweating too much about it..

My manager wrote her title wrong.. imagine that,.. on my recommendation letter..I never found that out until I received the pdf copy of her reco letter....

So you are cool..
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2007, 22:05
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Titles dont matter.... You are sweating too much about it..

My manager wrote her title wrong.. imagine that,.. on my recommendation letter..I never found that out until I received the pdf copy of her reco letter....

So you are cool..


ok cool, thanks.
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Hello all,

I know this is a little late to post this, but there is always round two and round three applicants! I was just going through stanford's blogs and found this post on the top 12 mistakes applicants make on their application forms. thought this might be useful to all the fellow R2 applicants( R1 ppl can share with us the mistakes they made on the process. It will help a lot of us)


Working on your application? Here are some tips on avoiding common mistakes...



With the application deadline for Round 1 coming up soon (06 October 2010) we thought we'd share the top 12 mistakes applicants make on their applications, so you can avoid them:

1. Uploading a transcript that is illegible.
Review the uploaded transcript to make sure it is readable. If it's not, use the self-reported transcript instead.

2. Waiting until the deadline date to upload your transcripts.
As mentioned in #1, if your transcripts are not readable you need to switch to the self-reported transcript. This is a time-consuming task and best done well before the deadline day.

3. Uploading the wrong documents by mistake.
Take care to upload the correct files. We've seen everything from sensitive employment documents to marked-up drafts of essays.

4. Not calculating the number of months of work experience correctly.
We want to know the number of months (not years) of full-time work experience since you graduated from your undergraduate college or university that you will have as of September 1, 2011. Include business, career military, teaching, government, and non-profit experience, but do NOT include internships, summer jobs, compulsory military, or part-time jobs. If you are a college senior, enter zero.

5. Using the "Additional Information" section for additional essays (maybe even essays you wrote for other schools).
The Additional Information section is meant for short explanations (for example, a failing grade), overflow on sections from the application (for example, your work history not fitting in the Employment section), or additional required documents (for example, proof of financial aid for a current college senior to support their application for a fee waiver).

6. Foreign nationals answering questions about ethnicity and race.
Questions about ethnicity and race are for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents ONLY.

7. Citizenship status and country of citizenship that conflict.
For example, marking "U.S. Citizen" and putting primary citizenship as "France;" or marking "non-U.S. citizen" and putting primary citizenship as the "United States").

8. Not explaining gaps in work experience or education.
We ask you to explain any gaps of 4 months or more in the work history section.

9. Inverting the beginning and ending dates of employment, starting and ending salaries or bonuses.

10. Inverting your first and last names on the application form. Put your family name in the "last name" field and your given name in the "first name" field.

11. Entering decimal points where we specifically tell you not to (for example, salary and, for international candidates, years in the U.S.)

12. Neglecting to thoroughly read our website. There is much helpful information and many tips on how to best prepare your application.


We look forward to reading your applications,
Allison Davis
Associate Director of MBA Admissions

Posted by Rita Winkler on 20 September 2010




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http://www.stanford.edu/group/mba/blog/ ... on_he.html
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