So as the 2009 cycle approaches I want to get a good idea of what I should be doing throughout this process since I am the first person I personally know to go through it. After completing secondaries, will it be clear once a school has received all pertinent information (ie LoRs), or do they just let you know when they have received your completed essay forms? How long after a completed secondary (assuming it was done in a timely matter) should one wait before doing some sort of follow up? Is it even appropriate to do a follow up? When do LOIs (interest and intent) get sent out during this process? When doing a follow up on a waitlist position or a hold, what exactly can one say in order to make it clear that you are interested in their school and thus a good candidate for an acceptance, but not sound annoying/desperate? Have these types of follow up ever been shown to do any good? Thanks in advance to anyone who can answer any of these.