Send update letter or wait?

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Oct 18, 2012
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I am thinking of sending an update letter of how many more additional hours I have spent researching (500 hrs), new volunteer commitments (30 hrs), and a manuscript that has been submitted for review.

I already know that schools don't really care about manuscripts unless it has been published and is on pubmed so I am debating whether I should just wait until it is actually published or if I should just send a letter off right now and then another update once the paper is published.

Am just getting antsy with this whole process and am paranoid more and more schools will pass me over before I send an update letter/letter of interest. And honestly, it would probably make me feel a little less neurotic if I do send one in soon.

Thoughts on this, anyone?