Yes, I'm still around. I'm writing my Cornell and Tuck essays now. I've finished the rough draft #1 for both. It's hard. The writing is 30% of the work actually. The clarification of my thoughts in terms of where I'm going, what I want to do is the harder 70% of the work.
I'm sick right now. Have been off and on for a month and a half now. When I got back from my trip to the east coast, I got sick. I labored for days over which schools to apply to that were good fits with my career direction and so that was when I concluded Cornell and Tuck would be those schools. If there's time, I may stick my neck out for Wharton and Columbia, but this is a secondary issue for me right now.
I think the biggest points I'm focusing on for the two schools in terms of what I think these schools target are:
1) Tuck - Leader, contributor to team and community. Knows where they are going in life.
2) Cornell - Leader, Contributor to team and wants to go out and change the world.