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07/21/2020 at 10:26PM[edited]

Am I allowed to include other people's names in my essay?

Hi, I am applying for a STEM program in which we must write some essays, and one of them is particularly about a time that I collaborated in a group. I am planning to write about my internship last summer where I worked with 2 other people on a research project. Am I allowed to include their first names in the essay? If I do, should I put a disclaimer that says that they allowed me to use their names (after asking for permission)?


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3 answers

07/22/2020 at 10:55PM

There should be no problem with using first names only in your essay, as no one will really be identifiable based on that info. It would be hard to write an essay about collaboration without being able to name the people you worked with - the language would just get clunky. You're writing about your personal experience, and you don't need permission to tell your story, even if it involves other people (unless, of course, you're sharing highly-personal info about someone else). Hope this helps!

[🎤 AUTHOR]@briannaf07/22/2020 at 11:01PM


07/22/2020 at 01:11AM

I don't know if it's actually allowed to use names. Plus, you are wasting some words by using it to create a disclaimer. There's no rule against using names, but there's no rule about not using names. Just to be on the safe side, I would just say "two of my fellow colleagues" or "my group members". However, I think that if one of the people had a specific impact on you working in that group, then would I use a name.

@galphonse07/22/2020 at 01:11AM

I would get an expert to answer this as well.

07/21/2020 at 11:52PM

honestly i hav eno idea but just as a precaution i wouldn’t. you can just say "i worked with two fellow teens” “two colleagues” “two partners” and then refer to them either by generic terms such as male/female/gender, numbers (person 1/2), “one” and “the other” etc.

@cp83907/22/2020 at 12:37AM

numbers sound so impersonal so don't use those but otherwise yes.

@DebaterMAX07/22/2020 at 05:36AM

Or describe them if you have words to spare such as the older male student etc