It is quite familiar for students applying for scholarships or graduate schools to write personal statements. Being tasked with the duty of ascertaining whether they are the actual authors of the statements might appear as being redundant, but such a requirement would not make me angry.
Among the reasons is the psychological aspect that comes with the certification. Posing this requirement makes applicants think hard before they commence working on their personal statements. There are several questions going through their mind. What would happen if I copied the statement and the school found out? Would they find out?
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