I've finally completed my rough drafts for Cornell this evening. I went through some major re-writes on 2 of the 3 essays about three times. I've been manipulating smaller sections of each essay at least 10 times. It's so terribly gut wrenching to spend 2-3 hours writing a great paragraph only to realize later that it doesn't quite fit or that the word limits preclude their importance. It's like cutting off a finger each time I remove some of these paragraphs and it's like marching back up a steep incline hill in re-working new paragraphs. Now it's time to send the Cornell essays to be reviewed by friends. Hello friends! You'll be hearing from me today later on tonight.
The greatest thing though is when you review the essay and feel good about it. It's incredibly satisfying to see a smooth flowing essay with transitions and all that.
I've also managed to write 3 1/2 of 5 Tuck essays. I should be done with initial rough drafts of all the Tuck essays by tommorrow because I have a clear idea of what I have left to write. It turns out that one of my Blog entries answers one of the Tuck essays rather well. I'll have to drasticlaly re-work the flow, but it's nice to have the outline down.
Some notes on re-writing essays.
1) When saving changes to an essay where a paragraph is deleted or changed, don't save over it. Call them Essay Draft 1 and then 2 and 3. I made the mistake of saving over some changes and couldn't get a paragraph back. That was devestating and required a long walk.
2) Write form the heart first and then worry about transitions later. The transitions put structure to the essay and help you to fine tune the essay, but creates more writing blocks up front by trying to make it sound all smooth from the get go.
I've been at Stanford for the last 3 days from morning till night. It's pretty nice to be in an environment of students. For some reason, it get's my juices flowing better.
On my recommendation letters, I just sent out the final forms to them. I finally managed to line up all the people who'll do them and I'm awefully sorry to be asking them to do them in a weeks time. I wonder what I should get them as thank you gifts? I wish I had the money to get them iPods. But, that's way out of my price range.