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    There have been posts on this before but owing to the fact I've seen at least 3 cases today alone, just wanted to remind people that posting your personal statement here, or anywhere public, is pretty much the most damaging thing you can do.

    To explain, Google and other search engines 'cache' information after a certain period of time. That's why if you post your statement, it can be found by Google - and not just that, but plagiarism detectors used by UCAS itself.

    Cacheing isn't an immediate process. If you remove it relatively quickly after posting (by editing your post to remove everything), there is a chance it wasn't cached. You can check by waiting 12 hours after editing and googling sentences from your statement. If it links you back to your thread, you won't be able to use anything you posted because UCAS' detectors will flag it to here - and obviously, they can't tell your username is actually you.

    TSR has its own Personal Statement review service, which is done privately (meaning not cached, or searchable by plagiarism detectors). Information is here, and I recommend that over posting. They're incredibly helpful and very experienced.

    I'm not a mod or anything, I'm just another person who spent a lot of time on their PS this year and know how crushed I would be if my hard work went down the drain. I don't want it to happen to any of you, either.


    I'm gonna bump this as regularly as I can

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