Jan 22, 2010, 3:49 PM
Post #6003 of 6280
I skipped the Interfolio option — mainly because I wanted to keep expenses down during an already expensive process. I printed forms in advance, and addressed envelopes to each school, and then my recommenders a big packet with the envelopes, forms, a CV, a detailed letter with instructions, and an early draft of my statement of purpose. I put that all in a self-addressed stamped envelope and had them send that back to me. I also had my transcripts sent me to, unless a school specifically said they had to come from my undergrad college. When it came time to send each out each app, I plucked out the right letters, a transcript, and stuffed that in the folder with my manuscript. It was reassuring to have complete control over when and how my letters were sent to each school, and I hope it made the process easier for my letter writers.
The biggest savior for me was Google Docs. It was such a joy to have color-coded folders for each school, complete with checklists. I even kept a spreadsheet going of expenses (that was depressing), tracked deadlines, and kept a little document filled with password information for each school. I was able to access documents like my statements of purpose and manuscript from any computer, any time. When my hard drive failed in mid-November, and I shipped my laptop off to Apple for repairs, I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief that everything important (application-wise) was saved through Google Docs. I'd recommend this as the way to go for any applicant next time around.