Yeah, I'm hoping they're as flexible as it seems they should be. As far as time constraints are concerned, my program decided to throw me a curveball and stick me with 3 end-of-the-semester projects in quantum, electrodynamics, and statmech, with the two GREs (thankfully done at this point), finals in all classes, ~13 apps to fill out and submit, and a conference at the beginning of November that I had to prepare for. So I actually got started filling apps out really early, pretty much as soon as they became available. I felt a little weird submitting them so early, but for the most part nothing was going to change if i waited a month or two to fill them out. I'm the kind of person that would like this stuff done (done well, hopefully), out of the way, and relieved from its post at the forefront of my conscious mind as soon as possible so I can focus on other things. Stanford was my earliest grad app deadline at Dec 12th, but most of my apps are already submitted (and this Harvard faux pas is the only mistake I'm aware of, thankfully), with the exception of UCLA and Berkeley, which for no specific reason wound up being last on my list of schools to which I planned on applying. I don't know about you, but I need this winter break more than I've ever needed one before, this semester has been a neverending onslaught of obligations, exams, and uncertainty, and rushing to fill out 10 graduate schools applications at the beginning of what should be a straight month of sleep and mental recuperation just didn't appeal to me. Best of luck to you.
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