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# Word omission in essay mistake

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02 Oct 2009, 08:44
Just read through my HBS essays again, and it turns out I'm missing an "and" in one of the sentences... it reads "my mother is a breast cancer survivor has had three miscarriages." Does this basically mean that my application will get tossed?
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02 Oct 2009, 09:56
As long as the rest of your essays are flawless and stories are strong, I believe it should not have a major impact on the "DECISION."
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02 Oct 2009, 10:57
No one can really say - the only advice I can give is to learn from it, and let it go. It will probably happen again on a cover letter for jobs (or, even worse, the template - I speak from experience). As to whether people will spot it or not I am not sure - it is easy to understand how on proof reading many people would insert the word for you and overlook it.

But for your own future sanity you need to move on.
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03 Oct 2009, 17:23
Looking through my submitted Wharton essays, I also noticed a missing word or two. I'm trying to follow my own advice of not sweating it. I can see some situation where an error would be glaring and poorly reflective on a candidate, such as misspelling your name on the resume or putting in a reference to the wrong school in an essay, but I really don't think that an isolated error would cause an app to be rejected. If that is the case, then that type of zero defect mentality might not be a good fit for me anyways.
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03 Oct 2009, 19:43
Seriously guys, this will have no bearing whatsoever on your admission unless it is prevalent. I had plenty of mistakes in my essays - what counts is quality of stories, not whether you have a typo.
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