I'm so happy to have submitted this app. It took soooo much work. There isn't a single essay that I could carry over from my Cornell app. I think I had 3 complete rewrites of a majority of the essays in 3 days. Although, I thought I was 80% done, after feedback from people, I realized that I was doing a mediocre job at best on my essays.
It's interesting that any essay other than the why mba one takes 3-5 hard hours to write. But the why mba one easily takes 20. Follow that up with 3-5 hours of intermittent reviews to tighten up the essays and you basically have a huge time investment into the app. Because of this, I've become FAR more empathetic to those who were on the edge of their seat when the R1 decision deadline approached recently at various schools.
This past 3 days has been extremely difficult. I didn't sleep last night and I had 2 hrs of sleep the night before and about 2 hrs the night before that. I feel like I'm in a dreamy state right now. I feel like I'm going to fall asleep in the middle of walking somewhere. Thought and dream have really started to mesh. After Accounting class tonight... I was anxious to get home lest I fall asleep behind the wheel.
A thought about the essays:
It has become clear to me now when I see a mediocre, good and great essay. What I mean is... certain types of questions demand certain topics covered. The why our school question is an incredibly difficult question to answer. But when you get it... man.. .it's like the lightbulbs and cobwebs dissappear and a brilliant "ah ah" starts to emerge. I feel very comfortable with Tuck and Cornell's unique qualities now. Another quality of a great essay is how well the ideas being presented flow. In my opinion, the only way to create a great essay is if the initial approach on how you answer it is a well thought out and strategically crafted.
When writing the essays, leave your humbleness and "hope" language at the door. Bring in the "I am the right candidate" and "active" language about what you will do. Make an impression that you absolutely love the school, but don't oversell or brown nose. That's an interesting language posturing and requires a confident posturing.
I can see that from now on... any other application will be much easier. For Cornell, it took 7-9 hrs to fill out just the info part. For Tuck, it took 3 1/2. Same info...but everything is setup in a word document to be copy and pasted in now.
Although... I'm simply in ah of anyone who has done 5 or more apps. The sheer amount of work required to do this amount prep is worthy of a deep amount of respect.