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The bit about selling her soul seemed a bit contrived. They don't have to be the applicants' stories, but they don't have to be the ghostwriter's story either -- once it's no longer a true story for the applicant, whether it's your story or total fiction seems irrelevant.

The part about interviewing the applicants made me wonder whether there is any fact checking of essays, or whether there will be in the future. The story about being poor and having your clothes stolen from a laundromat is a real tearjerker, but if the admissions officer knows that you're the child of China's 99th richest business magnate, I doubt it would help.

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