Yesterday was my first full reading day of this admissions season. I’ve read a good number of files already, but always in small groups of five or ten. On a reading day, I usually figure on reviewing 40 or so. I average about five an hour, though there are productive hours and, well, not so productive hours. As for yesterday, I managed to read a lot, but the day was arranged differently.
My usual plan is to start reading early and keep motoring through. Yesterday, I started early, but took an 8:00 break for snow shoveling, the East Coast having been hit by an impressive late-night storm. Then I read for two hours, before my second shoveling “break,” this time accompanied by my daughter, Kayla, for whom school was canceled. More reading and a lunch break, and then my third and final round of shoveling.
All the fresh air seemed to keep me alert, and I was surprised by how much I was accomplishing. On the other hand, moving the snow was tiring and my handwriting was worse each time I sat back down to read. Illegible scrawl notwithstanding, I returned a healthy pile of applications today — all ready for the next stage of their admissions journey.
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