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I submitted my app to Cornell on the 21st. Just waiting for my GMATs (second taken on 9/11) to get there and then it will be complete. Should make it there before first round deadline... I can write essays very, very quickly and my recommenders turn around in a week so making deadlines is not a problem for me.
I live close to Yale as well so may visit it, but its unlikely I will make it to Rd 1. Both Yale and Cornell are on the Rd 2 radar, will make a decision after I'm done fighting the first round.
I am trying for Yale and Darden Round 1. Yales Personal Statement is giving me a little bit of trouble because you can do so much with it - and at the same time you need to focus on yourself.
I am concerned about the word count restrictions as well - 500 isnt a lot to get your point across. Sure I can be concise but 500 is tight. I have read you can go over by 10% without pissing the ADCOM off but even at 550 - to write something truly remarkable is a tough task.