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Common app essay mistake after submitting it!

legend125legend125 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
I misspelled 'not' and mistakenly wrote 'now' instead. I have already submitted my common app to multiple colleges. What should I do?
Part of my essay:
The biggest lesson that I’ve learned is the importance of hard work, patience and determination in tackling just about any difficulty. The real question being when and now how!

Replies to: Common app essay mistake after submitting it!

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 40,969 Super Moderator
    edited February 11
    What should I do?
    Nothing.If every college autorejected all applicants with a small typo in their apps, they would be unable to fill their class.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 31,146 Senior Member
    edited February 11
    But there's some lesson here. I can't believe how many kids are noticing spelling errors after submitting. Then, fretting on a college forum.

    I agree a reader will suspect a typo and keep reading. But I do wish kids put more care into proofreading.
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 37,782 Super Moderator
    DH and I don't have any employees, but occasionally we will receive resumes. I always look at them out of curiosity. It is surprising how many times there are typos or grammatical errors in the resumes or cover letters. Structural engineers need to pay particularly close attention to details, so it's a little distressing that people looking for jobs would make such mistakes. :(

    As @lookingforward mentioned, proofread, proofread, proofread, and then ask someone else to check your work, also.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 40,969 Super Moderator
    I do wish kids put more care into proofreading.
    Oh, there are many adults who can benefit from more proofreading.

    And while I agree to triple check, and have someone else proofread, let's also be fair and not beat on the OP. Even when you proof, get someone else to proof, use spellcheck, grammarcheck, backup spellcheck, there's invariably one that everyone/thing missed. It will happen again in college papers, in professional presentations, etc. Avoid it as much as possible, be suitably embarrassed when it happens (which it will), and then move on.
  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff Registered User Posts: 2,415 Senior Member
    Before my kids pressed send we argued with them to let us proof read their applications. We found small errors on both. In the future when submitting something important, get another pair of eyes on it.

    @MaineLonghorn. I had to laugh. It's like when we interview employees and they tell us in their resume they give such great attention to detail but misspell detail.. Lol...
  • BellaMorganBellaMorgan Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    It is always important to double check your content before hitting the submit button so that you see the unnecessary error.
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 5,898 Senior Member
    I agree with all of the above posters- and will take a slightly different tack for the OP:

    When I submitted my PhD thesis I had proof-read it multiple times. Had 2 colleagues proof read it. Had *paid* a professional proof reader to read & correct it.

    I actually refer to my thesis occasionally (turns out there's some useful stuff in there!). Almost every time I do I find a typo.

    tl;dr: AdComms can tell the difference between a one-off typo and something that is poorly written or badly proofed. Stop second guessing yourself: 100% that typo is not going to affect your admission decision.
  • SoapScholarSoapScholar Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    While it's too late now, it's a good idea to try "reading backwards". I usually do this sentence by sentence, starting from the end. It forces you to focus a bit more on each word and see if each sentence on its own makes enough sense.

    As others have said though, I doubt this will really affect anything. Past the 100th essay they're probably skimming anyway.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 23,642 Forum Champion
    edited February 21
    What you should do is stop re-reading essays for applications that have been submitted. Don't make a difficult process more stressful but second guessing every choice you have made and nit-picking every essay you wrote. College admissions officers do not expect perfection from HS seniors. Any time you feel an urge to look at a submitted application get out of the house and spend time with your friends and family.
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