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How many total hours are you investing per application?

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New post 10 Jan 2007, 21:40
I'm finding myself spending 50~100 hours per school combing through essays, online applications, refining my resume, editing here there and everywhere...and constantly chasing up on recommenders.

What an exhausting process. :madd Does it get any faster after the first couple applications?
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New post 10 Jan 2007, 22:12
It definitely gets faster as you go along. This was especially true for sections like activities, work experience and self-reported transcripts. The first time through is definitely the most difficult for those items. After that, it's a piece of cake.

As far as essays, you can recycle themes, but I found myself completely rewriting 80% of essays, even if they are mostly repeats.
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New post 10 Jan 2007, 22:20
Fortunately it does.

The fact that one has to search through layers of history for correct answers, make the process tedious but at the same time somewhat interesting.

It becomes easier later as majority of the things are already in paper after couple of applications.
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New post 11 Jan 2007, 21:18
It gets WAY faster, but keep your records straight.

I have a spread sheet that showed my essay questions, so I could eyeball them to know when i could recycle, which ones would take longer, etc.

Also, make sure your historical stuff is in a Word doc, even if the first app you did had you enter it into fields. Easier access.

And I kept a separate file for each school. I remembered which essays were where, and could just jump in and get them.

I think Cornell and UNC - I did those two concurrently - took a lot of time. Hours and hours.

Duke took me a couple days.

Yale took no time at all (recycled essays both).

And I didn't find myself rewriting that much - there are many shared phrases and concepts across the essays.
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New post 13 Jan 2007, 22:13
My experience: after the first couple of apps, the work for the rest of the apps was restricted to:

1) Tackling the Why School aspect - obviously -.
2) Fidgeting with essay lengths when recycling.
3) Maybe writing 1 or 2 at the most new (usually short) essays to answer some question not asked before.

cheers. L.
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