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One year out from applying and wondering if it makes sense to "start" applications at my target schools so I can get a feel for the types of questions. Is this a good practice, or could it appear like I didn't fully "commit" and come back to bite me when I actually do apply?

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Thank you, really appreciate the advice!

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Most schools post essay questions on their websites and you don’t need to start an app to view them. Though I doubt adcoms would care or even notice that you created an app now and didn’t submit

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Thank you, that's really helpful to know!

I think yes - some people don’t realize how intensive the actual applications are. Granted you can start the essays whenever they come out, but to need to know the level of detail you need your previous experience, collegiate involvement, extracurriculars, etc. is helpful to get you prepared. Someone told me Harvard is the most extensive app so it was recommended if I was applying there to start that one first and that I’d have all the information needed and more for the others.

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Thanks so much for the help!

Honestly, I’d start with doing a whole brainstorming exercise where you literally jot down all the activities you’ve been involved with since college, work experience and responsibilities, projects and impacts, PRDs, etc. try to identify stories of impact from each thing and find common threads across all

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