Nov 15, 2004, 8:18 PM
Post #1 of 5
I know someone was recently raving about online applications, but I am not finding the process to be terribly smooth. The schools I've chosen to apply to all have online applications, but I find all of them clunky. One issue is, in some cases they don't give me enough room in the field to type the information they are asking for. My city is "Little Torch Key" - a total of 16 characters. It doesn't fit in the fields of two of the applications. There are also questions like, "List all research, publications, and relevant experience here" - and then they give me about half a line. But these are minor points.
The real annoyance is the letters of recommendation. All my choices want them differently - use the form, don't use the form, have the recommender send it directly to the school, send it yourself with all other materials. I've confused the hell out of my recommenders in trying to get this information to them.
The personal statement and writing sample hasn't been easy, either, although that's my own fault: I don't have access to my own computer right now (long story) and the friend's computer I'm using for applications doesn't have Word, for some reason - only Word Pad, which doesn't even give a page count, among other limitations.