I have several questions: 1. I want to apply early, I know the earliest is June 1st, but what is still considered early? end of june? beginning of july? 2. I'm planning to visit my family in another country from mid july to mid august. Would this interfere with my application process at all? let's say if I apply mid June. When do schools generally send out secondaries and give interviews? 3. kinda random, but For my non-science letter, I can only get a letter from my spanish professor, and she's a TA(no PhD title). Would this be looked down upon/would they accept this? Because most professors only teach big lecture hall with 400+ students, the TA is the one who runs the discussion section, so I get to know the TA really well.