In the spirit of hopefully helping you to avoid feeling like the world’s biggest idiot, today’s post is a reminder that you have to pay attention.
As in: Don’t forget to “accept all changes” before submitting your essay.
We were working with a BSer on a 4-School Set subscription last year. When we got their second set of essays, this time for Wharton, this is what the optional essay looked like:
We noticed right away that it was the same essay they’d already submitted to us for review with their first school – which is fine. Once you get your messaging down in one optional essay, you can re-use it for other apps. Submitting it again was totally appropriate. But there was something strange going on with the file; there was all this extra space in the right margin. We looked at the settings and the document had Show Changes set to “off” in the Revision Marks feature.
We set Show Changes to “on” and this is what we saw:
This BSer had apparently being doing their editing with Show Changes off.
And they had done that on a file we had sent back to them with comments.
The problem being, that that was the file that they sent to the school. One of their apps had already been submitted. Maybe they switched to PDF before uploading, in which case this is a non-issue – but if not?
The schools know that lots of BSers work with admissions consultants, and the comments made in that file are fully within the ethical boundaries for helping an applicant. Nobody violated any rules or crossed any lines with what was done.
We see this stuff every year, but oh does it cause stress among good BSers.