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I worked on reviewing resumes last year for some entry level positions we were filling. It was amazing to see some of the horrible things people would submit considering most career services offer help writing them. I cut slack for people with real work experience, ie not fresh out of school, but not some kid who had the resources available but was either too dumb or too lazy to use them. There was one kid who pretty much listed all the classes he got A's in to show what he had skills in. That was good for a laugh, because your A in that history elective helps your engineering how?
I have to work on my resume, its written with a very technical slant right now because thats how i would present myself for jobs at this point. However, schools are a different animal so its going to need some work.
I just wrote my last few essays for Kellogg today. I did rough drafts for the three optional ones at the end and am going to send them around and see what two everyone thinks I should use. I know which two I am leaning towards but I want to get some input before I spend hours working on them...make sure I choose the best two stories.
I also have hand done some ideas for the Chicago powerpoint but my computer doesn't have PP on it. My wifes does but she has been setting something up on it for work the last few nights so I am not about to mess with that at this point.
A new question for this thread because it seems everyone has slightly different ways of tackling their essays.
1) Are you writing all of them for every school and then going back to edit?
2) Are you doing rough drafts of each essay for one school and then editing them?
3) Are you doing one essay and then editing it before moving on to your next essay?
I am going more the #2 route of focusing on one school before moving on. I will have them pretty much done before I start on my next school. I am trying to plan a visit, so I will add details from the visit to it later but as of right now I am just focusing on getting as solid a package together as I can.
I'm writing one school's draft at a time. Once I get it to "Draft 1" mode (meaning ready to send out for review of content, but not grammar), I can move on to the next one. My only exception is I might do Kellogg and UCLA at the same time because many of them overlap with Haas. I'm definitely doing Stanford by itself.
Then I make all of them improve to "Draft 2". So probably your option 1.
I think 1 works for me because if everything is on paper, I can focus on completing one set of applications depending on where I visited or whom I talked to. I can also easily incorporate lessons learned from the writing process into the schools since I have to go back to edit them anyways.
Thanks for that suggestion. Ya on 2nd thoughts I installed a file recovery program and got back the deleted file. That took a significant time so that just ended my weekend
And now there is no power in Hollywood (my home). What an ending of a long and 110 F hot weekend
I'm just FRUSTRATED right now... spent the whole day typing out my work history, extracurriculars and honors history, and my "game plan" letter to my recommenders... still not done. It's taking freakin' too long. Was hoping to start my UCLA essays this weekend, so much for that.
Right now even Kellogg R1 doesn't seem likely... Might have to do UCLA, then Stanford, and see if I have time for Kellogg.