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    Hello everyone!

    The Financial Times has a great article filled with ghostwritten essays and letters of reference. And, perhaps not coincidentally, we decided that this was a great time for our periodic soapbox speech about the dangers of ghostwriting.

    Just please don’t do it. If you aren’t able to restrain just on the basis of the ethical issues, then at least look at the possibility that the same essay you’re buying was sold to other applicants. (How can a company offering an unethical service be expected to behave ethically, right?) If that’s not enough to convince you, how about that it’s relatively easy for a trained professional to spot a ghostwritten essay. The typical admissions officer probably reviews about 1,500 applications a year, so there a bit ahead of you on the learning curve. Something ghostwritten will lack the key details of the story since your ghostwriter didn’t personally visit that locale/work on that project/etc.

    But, you object, you’re not a great writer in English? Who cares? Business schools aren’t looking to admit you because you’re a future Shakespeare. They want to admit you because they see your potential as a future business leader.

    You can be a successful applicant writing your own essays. We see it many times each year. The alternative could be possibly getting admitted and then quickly getting thrown out of school when your on-campus communications don’t sync up with your application essays. We’ve heard of it happening at top schools and it’s got to be far worse than the typical outright rejection others experience. You get to keep that first semester of debt and, of course, you have that whole work gap issue that will have to be explained to employers.

    OK. We’re done ranting and trying to scare you. For at least a few months until a new batch of seasonal applicants come through and start reading the most recent topics on this discussion board anyway!

    Best of luck with your applications!


    David Petersam
    AdmissionsConsultants, Inc.


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