Fall Preview (both mine and Chicago's)
Also, since I'm applying to both the Bay Area schools, I'm going to try and take two days off in a week or two to go visit them too. I have one problem with Berkeley. By explicitly asking people if they've visited the school as part of an essay question, they do - even if they claim to the contrary - put applicants at a disadvantage if they don't visit. Actually, Jett almost said the same when I asked him - they actually EXPECT all close-to-west-coast applicants to visit. It does definitely 'help' if you've made the trek cross-country or cross-continent. I did suggest during the InfoSession that they consider removing that part of the question. For now, given how competitive this process is, I'll take any little advantage I can give myself.
On a funnier note, I am inadvertently invoking one of my 'jinxes' from last year. I had this thing that every school I visited I was rejected. Happened with Tuck, Kellogg, H and MIT. Then I applied 3rd round without visiting Wharton or London. Got interview calls from both. I went to interview at Wharton on campus but did an alum interview for London. Rejected from Wharton but waitlisted at London. I was invited to their Admit Weekend and I went - as a waitlist waiting for a positive reaction - and got dinged.
This time around, I'd have visited every school I'm applying to - even before I submit an application ;-)
Hope y'all have a good weekend. I'm walking 26.2 miles to raise funds for The Jimmy Fund on Sunday. Wish me not-too-tired feet.