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    Hey y'all,

    Got an email earlier in the day saying that my PS was flagged for similarities and that my choices had been notified.

    I'm an international applicant and no home unis have asked for a statement like UCAS has, so I googled examples of statements so I could get a feel for what others have written and how it's structured. I took some notes of various things I liked (syntax, wording, etc) and used it to help create my PS. My PS is info solely about myself, nobody else, but it has been flagged for these generic statements that are similar enough to somebody else's PS.

    Have any of y'all dealt with this thing before? How did it turn out?

    I'm concerned of course since this could weigh heavily on my admission. I already reached out to my admissions officer at my top choice to see what my options are there. I'd hate for having used ideas I gathered to mean I get rejected, and possibly have offers rescinded.
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    (Original post by crainey18)
    Hey y'all,

    Got an email earlier in the day saying that my PS was flagged for similarities and that my choices had been notified.

    I'm an international applicant and no home unis have asked for a statement like UCAS has, so I googled examples of statements so I could get a feel for what others have written and how it's structured. I took some notes of various things I liked (syntax, wording, etc) and used it to help create my PS. My PS is info solely about myself, nobody else, but it has been flagged for these generic statements that are similar enough to somebody else's PS.

    Have any of y'all dealt with this thing before? How did it turn out?

    I'm concerned of course since this could weigh heavily on my admission. I already reached out to my admissions officer at my top choice to see what my options are there. I'd hate for having used ideas I gathered to mean I get rejected, and possibly have offers rescinded.
    Unfortunately they do take this very seriously. I’m not sure quite what this means for you because they have recognised that your personal statement isn’t completely plagiarised which would pretty much lead to instant rejection from your chosen universities. However, the similarities themselves may cause some issues. Firstly, because the personal statement isn’t just about what you’ve done and what you’re interested in, it is a chance for them to see how you write. I don’t think you’ve necessarily completely jeopardised your place but I’d imagine it will make them more critical of your personal statement.
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