Stanford’s application is due in one week, Yale’s the day after, and then I have a week plus break before Northwestern’s and Berkeley’s clocks strike twelve. I’m almost there, and my goal is to hit submit on all of them sooner rather than later. So what’s left to do and is anyone else applying?
First item first: what’s left to do?
- My drafts are done but I need to update my “Why Haas” section with stuff I learned during my recent visit.
- SO MANY DATA FORMS. Haas really wants to make sure you’re into them (which I appreciate because I am into them), but with all their fields, regular essays, optional essays, and follow-up questions, it’s certainly a good tool to ensure people are applying are really psyched on Haas.
- I feel the least confident about my Yale essays. No one has reviewed them and there are only a few of them and each is so short.
- But Yale doesn’t use the unwieldy and irritating hobsons.com interface. Yay!
- I feel alternately great and mediocre about my essays, depending on the day. Mostly I am happy with them, but it never feels like quite enough.
- The data forms are unusually demanding here. They want explanations of significant accomplishments and challenges and a description of the organization. Kind of feels like a new challenge each time.
- I think these might be my strongest essays. They’re the most coherent and expressive of me.
- I’m psyched to have already scheduled my interview during the diversity weekend in November.
I’m predicting (read: hoping) for a slight drop so competition is a bit less stiff…
Counting down to submission, but is the count of applications up? In the end it doesn’t matter because we’re either in or out according to the adcom and these schools are damn competitive applications down or not.