The last week has been both painful and productive!!!
Painful because I had to slog thru the entire week. I would have hardly slept for 5 hrs everyday and this includes the weekends also. The Sun feels hotter, the AC feels chiller and everything was in a daze. But if all the pain is gonna produce so much, i might as well bear the pain for the next two months.
So - how productive was I??? I have written 5 out of 6 Harvard essays. This means that i have almost cleared the most important hurdle of the essay marathon - getting the first one out of way. Everyone says that the first ones are the most crucial and the most time consuming. I have almost finished them, that too in a week. I accept that this was possible because i had done much of the work lot before. The self introspection, the goals, why MBA, why this school have all been decided even before i started preparing for my GMAT. All that's pouring out now.
I agree that the essays are far from complete. They don't even satisfy the word count at the moment. They are yet to be reviewed in detail. All these, i hope, will happen during this week.
Once the HBS essay reviews are done, i am planning to start the HBS application. I will send the reco invitations and ask my recommenders to work on them. I guess i will start with Stanford or Kellogg next. Both the school's essays are long and pretty open ended. But in any order, these will be the next two. Then it will be Wharton i think. Then Chicago and Columbia, in that order. Will do LBS in R1 only if i have time. Else it will be R2, along with some other schools i have in mind.
At this rate, i think i can do all 7 (well, effectively 6) over the next two months. Let's see how it goes...