Sorry I was off the radar for some time :) Too much of work and the fasting routines have screwed up the daily routine I had stuck to. So now I am almost always in a sleepy state :( But I'm getting work done too. So no complaints. I can always catch up with sleep during the weekends.
On the essay front, I am what the title says. The online app, necessary other docs (read resume and transcript) and five of the six essays are ready. This time, the culprit is not the usual ethics essay. That's been finalized. The one essay I haven't finished is the career goals essay. Not for lack of content, but actually the opposite :) After all my essay writing, this essay had to change considerably. Once I made all the changes, I am finding it difficult to fit all the content into 400 words or even 440 (110%). The current draft stands at 500 words, which is a result of my ruthless chopping effort on a 650 word essay. Having to write all that I want is obviously not gonna be possible. Once this is done, I can say HBS app is ready. I'll revisit this essay during the weekend.
I made some progress on the Chicago essays too. The long ones are ready. Two of the three short ones are ready as well. I had a less satisfactory answer for the "what most ppl don't know abt u?" essay. I found a perfectly satisfying answer to it when I was sending a report on my "life outside academics/profession" to my mentor. So once I rewrite this essay all my Chicago essay will be complete too. The beauty of these little essays is that u can change them even on the n'th hour if u find a better reply :) But for all that I see, I don't think I will change them anymore.
I also checked with the Chicago online application and found that I have some work to do there. The good thing is that I had made primitive entries in all these sections, like all points I want to elaborate on. So all I have to do is to elaborate on them and add new points if required. I think every one must do this with the online apps. Create the apps and make primitive entries in all the descriptive sections, come back to essays and finish them, and then go back to the online apps and finish them. This way we know what goes into the apps and what goes into the essays when we start writing the essays and we can update the online apps with the new self-discoveries we made during the essay writing process. We wont forget the earlier points coz we already noted them down in the apps :)
Okie - I guess I have covered good ground here. I am feeling all the more excited as by next week I will be all set to hit the all important "submit" button for many schools. The plan is to get the entire application packet of HBS, Wharton, Chicago and Kellogg ready by the end of the long weekend. From what I see now, it is absolutely possible.