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The email server for my school changed my apostrophe to a question mark when emailing potential clinical advisers. Maybe this is silly, but I am freaking out. It did it in every single email because I always included a line after each personalized email saying something like "I am in Joe Smith's lab". So, now it reads "I am in Joe Smith?s lab."
Great, now I apparently don't know who I work for in undergrad.

Is it as bad as it seems?
 

Member1928

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I'm guessing you noticed this when someone replied and you looked at your initial email and then spotted the change? If so, you're like me, and I'm a faculty member that gets these kinds of emails from potential applicants. My email does this all the time except the apostrophe becomes a superscript 1. Don't worry about it. Focus your energy on putting together the best application you can by the deadlines.
 
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I'm guessing you noticed this when someone replied and you looked at your initial email and then spotted the change? If so, you're like me, and I'm a faculty member that gets these kinds of emails from potential applicants. My email does this all the time except the apostrophe becomes a superscript 1. Don't worry about it. Focus your energy on putting together the best application you can by the deadlines.
That's very reassuring, thank you!
 
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You're being hyper-neurotic (but remind me of myself as I was going through this whole process). Would you honestly want to work with someone for the next four years who got their pants in a bunch over something like that anyways?
 

Therapist4Chnge

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Not a big deal.

If you wrote your cover letter/e-mail and borrowed liberally from "txt speech" and emoticons…that would be a different story. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it.
 
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Not a big deal.

If you wrote your cover letter/e-mail and borrowed liberally from "txt speech" and emoticons…that would be a different story. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it.
Yes, I agree. Thanks for you feedback!
 

PhDToBe

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Many probably didn't notice and the rest probably assumed it was some sort of auto-correct issue as I have seen that happen before. Don't worry about it at all, as there is nothing you can do now. Just triple check your applications for errors.
 

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When I was applying to grad school, I was so focused on spelling my POI's last name correctly that I forgot to change the name of the university in my copied and pasted email to the one she was at. She actually still responded, and I ended up interviewing at the program. You'll be fine!
 
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I did almost the same thing when e-mailing a really important faculty member, and still ended up getting a reply. So don't sweat it, everything will turn out OK, I'm sure. It's hard though b/c the application process is so stressful. I can empathize with freaking out over these things! :)