Over the weekend I received an email with several questions, but one seems to be coming up more frequently and earlier this year.
"Last question…assuming I can have all my apps ready by R1 should I apply then or is it application suicide considering that is when the sharks apply?"
Here is my response:
"Regarding timing here is Linda’s Rule: Apply in the earliest round possible PROVIDED you don’t compromise the quality of your applications.
"There are plenty of sharks applying in all rounds, but there are more spaces available in the first one and generally fewer applicants. So if your applications are in good shape and present you well then, that is the best time to apply. Linda’s Rule also implies that you shouldn’t rush your applications and turn in less than your best in a misguided effort to "submit early." Submitting something mediocre first round is never as good as submitting something outstanding second round."
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