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Hello to all members  :)

My hopes for admission in NCSU,Duke,CMU and Northwestern universities have been beaten to death.

 

Well,I had written my SOP stating my background,interests,etc. quite well,but since I was the only one who read it like 1000 times I did not notice how very strong,arrogant and abnormally determined the SOP sounded.After submitting similar SOPs to the above mentioned universities,I had my dad proofread it.He pointed out as to how stupid and desperate it sounded.

 

I immediately realized this and prepared a much more modest version by adjusting and re-wording A FEW sentences(turned out to be much much better than the previous one).I sent e-mails to the graduate admissions offices and asked if there was any way I could send in my modified S.O.P.(Also,I accomplished a few academic achievements after applying so I thought I'd use this as an excuse to modify the S.O.P)

The graduate admissions staff were extremely kind and asked me to e-mail the new statement.They said they'd "add" it to my application.So I sent the new SOPs.

 

Now I have no idea what "add" means .Would they replace the previous statement or just attach it like a redundant document :wacko: ?

Although I mentioned new developments in my academics,I fear the committee would make an obvious note of how I modified the tone of the new statement.

 

This comedy of error is really getting me paranoid.Even if the committee were to view both my statements,I have no idea what they'd think of it.I think I just kissed goodbye to grad school :(.

 

Could somebody please help me?Anybody faced a similar situation?

 

PS:I even made a spelling mistake in the new SOP FML!!!!

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I would suggest sending the new one with a cover letter explaining that you had sent the wrong version of your SOP. You understand if they cannot look at the new one, but you humbly ask that they do so if possible.

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You've done all you can possibly do at this point, so relax. It is normal for some people to feel hyper-critical of work they submitted. You might be over-reacting about the severity of the situation. The best thing is to not dwell on it. Stop editing your SOP after it is submitted. Wouldn't it be silly if you were on an adcomm and had to sift through 4 or 5 "added" versions of the same SOP? If you don't get accepted this round, take comfort in knowing you know how to better approach it next time. You'll be better-suited to "get it right the first time," the second time around. :)

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Thanks guys, I really hope the graduate officials mentioned something like "modified SOP" or even replaced my old one with it.

Thanks anyways,I'll just leave it be.

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Well, I've seen far worse cases ...

 

One guy I know majoring in chemistry mistakenly submitted the SOP for CMU to another university (Duke or something; can't recall). The good news is he was allowed to make a modification; the fatally bad news is he can only ADD one paragraph to his original SOP.

 

True story.

 

Hello to all members  :)

My hopes for admission in NCSU,Duke,CMU and Northwestern universities have been beaten to death.

 

Well,I had written my SOP stating my background,interests,etc. quite well,but since I was the only one who read it like 1000 times I did not notice how very strong,arrogant and abnormally determined the SOP sounded.After submitting similar SOPs to the above mentioned universities,I had my dad proofread it.He pointed out as to how stupid and desperate it sounded.

 

I immediately realized this and prepared a much more modest version by adjusting and re-wording A FEW sentences(turned out to be much much better than the previous one).I sent e-mails to the graduate admissions offices and asked if there was any way I could send in my modified S.O.P.(Also,I accomplished a few academic achievements after applying so I thought I'd use this as an excuse to modify the S.O.P)

The graduate admissions staff were extremely kind and asked me to e-mail the new statement.They said they'd "add" it to my application.So I sent the new SOPs.

 

Now I have no idea what "add" means .Would they replace the previous statement or just attach it like a redundant document :wacko: ?

Although I mentioned new developments in my academics,I fear the committee would make an obvious note of how I modified the tone of the new statement.

 

This comedy of error is really getting me paranoid.Even if the committee were to view both my statements,I have no idea what they'd think of it.I think I just kissed goodbye to grad school :(.

 

Could somebody please help me?Anybody faced a similar situation?

 

PS:I even made a spelling mistake in the new SOP FML!!!!

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