Listening to the radio on a long drive recently, I heard a spectacular example of the misuse of pre-written content. Not proposal material, thankfully – rather a news story from last year about application forms submitted by students wishing to study medicine at UK universities.Apparently, candidates now have to submit a ‘personal statement’ describing why they are applying for the course in question.
Amazingly, it seems that pre-written ‘personal’ statements can be downloaded from the web.
And astonishingly, as a result, no fewer than 234 prospective students wished to follow a career in medicine as the result of
‘a dramatic incident’ involving ‘burning a hole in pyjamas at age eight’.