Things are moving briskly. I figured I'd give my thoughts on the new CBS app that was released yesterday now that I've had a chance to look it over a lil...
The Essays are exactly what were leaked a few days earlier. They are indeed the first 3 from the J-Term with no "passion" essay this time. This is good news I guess since I have rough drafts of all 3 essays now. I also need to write the optional essay to explain why I can't get a rec from my current supervisor (he's only been with us for 2 months). This will probably just be 3 sentences.
The Activities Resume is revamped. According to Djhouse on the GMATclub forum, you used to be able to list as many activities as you wanted. Now you are limited to three activities (in order of importance) from your collegiate career as well as post-collegiate. This makes things interesting! I haven't ascertained whether it's 400 characters or 400 words allowed per activity but thank goodness we won't have to stress over wording every single activity ever conducted.
The biographical info asks for parent's college. This will be tricky cuz I have to transliterate it from Chinese. Also, parent's occupation is a tricky field because they're kinda retired though they're still general partners in the family business. Any ideas what I would put?
Recommendation questions are only 8 instead of 10 now. But that's actually misleading because they combined some questions. They look good though. Oh, and an update! I am switching out one of my recommenders... you may remember that I had 2 Asian recommenders but I was afraid of falling into the cliquey Asian stereotype so I switched one out for a Caucasian. Yay. I will be meeting him for drinks/dinner on Wednesday to fill him in on my backstory and reasons. He has promised that the quick turn-around time won't be an issue. Let's hope!
The online app system sucks. It wouldn't let people in until last night. But once in, it looks okay so far. I guess I won't start pulling my hair (and I have lots of it) out until I start pasting stuff from Word (or Notepad as they suggest).
Nobody seems to know (on both BW and GMATclub forums) what a Salary PIN is... I guess that will be ignored.
I am a limited partner in my family business and I do some work for them though I do not get paid (but then again, I'm a partner), so do I put this as an activity or work? I called and they said work. Darnit. I wanted it to be an impressive activitiy :(
The biggest bit of news is that I have officially hired and paid for a new consultant. The old one wasn't doing anything (literally) except counting his millions stolen from anxious aspirants. My new one is good thus far. Just hired this morning. I already have his comments/edits on my rough drafts and it is going to be a long, long, super arduous journey to rework them. I thought I was so close but now that I see all his comments (and there are a ton), I see I have so much work left to do. This stinks. Do you ever think that your essay is good and then someone reviews it and gives you a million things that can be changed/improved upon and you can't help but agree with them? Even though it breaks your heart to know that you'll have to input so much more energy? Sigh. I really wanna go out this weekend but part of me is saying that I should sacrifice hard for the next several weeks and it'll soon all be over and worth it.
Oh, and in more stressful news, I need to find new roommates (plural) as my old ones are leaving at the end of the lease in September. I really don't want to move. Oh well. Normally this would be fun because of meeting new roomies but I just don't need extra work right now :)
In other news, Soni is the man.
And other news, I know Bunny's identity!
And other news, apparently Samantha is a hornball ;)