I hit the submit button for Harvard this morning, with just a handful of minutes before the deadline. Â The Harvard essays were definitely tricky, but given that it was my final application, it really wasnâ€™t that bad.Â I had already come up with most of the ideas that I needed from doing all of my other applications.Â Therefore the Harvard app was more like putting a puzzle together than building something from scratch.
People usually refer to applying as a race, hence the finish line reference above, but really itâ€™s more like figure skating.Â You give your all during a relatively short performance, youâ€™re exhausted afterwards, youâ€™re rated by a group of judges who will be looking closely at your mistakes, and whether or not you win depends onÂ how well everyone else did.
After I made my final click, I turned around and stared at my apartment.Â It looks like a bomb went off.Â Laundry is backed up, dishes piled high, and garbage bags waiting to be thrown out.Â Iâ€™m usually pretty good with keeping my apartment clean, but the past few weeks have obviously been an outlier.
As I started thinking about all the things I could get to, now that the applications were out of the way, I started to feel a surge of energy through my body.Â Having sacrificed my health, my time, and to some degree my sanity, I was ready to start taking back my life.Â I began composing a to do list.Â I started with all the things I said I would do after completing the GMAT and never got to.Â Volunteering, tennis, and working on my blog were the major themes.
Iâ€™m going to try not to think about business school at all for at least a week and half as I know the upcoming waiting game will be very stressful.