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Using names in the personal statements/essays

EndPhaseEndPhase 482 replies101 threadsRegistered User Member
Should I avoid using real names in the UC personal statement/common app essays? I could replace their real name with something else and state that I changed their names for privacy if that's the case.
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  • danceclassdanceclass 718 replies10 threadsRegistered User Member
    My d used the full name of the person who had a significant influence on her in her essay and I wondered the same thing. But I kept quiet because her essay was a total tribute to him and something I believe his family would be proud to read if it ever came to light. In these days of putting your whole life up on Facebook I don't think a college application essay is too much of an evasion of privacy. I may be wrong of course. If you are uncomfortable, maybe just use their first name, or their relationship to you (my cousin, my neighbor, etc.), or a nickname if it's that kind of relationship.
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  • CherryPancakesCherryPancakes 65 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I used names. I got in my top choice.
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  • 2CHiLLaXiN2CHiLLaXiN 481 replies4 threadsRegistered User Member
    I think it's fine, as long as you're writing about a positive influence. If you're using a full name to talk about someone who has had a negative influence on you, it looks like an incriminating and bitter essay.
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