THANK YOU, to everyone here who has contributed to this great thread. I has brought my OCD somewhat under control. I'm sorry I have nothing to add at the moment but I will happily contribute whatever I can in the months to come.
Maybe a little off topic.. but will turning apps in before November make a GREAT deal more difference? Or would it be better to wait until Dec until my fall qtr grades come out, thereby bumping my GPA even the slightest bit?