Sitting Pretty (?)
Since only one of my schools had a December deadline, and sent an email saying they were going to start applications review only this week, I guess I'm sitting pretty for now. Well, not so pretty since my work is killing me. The wind-down of one of our projects means logging hours of overtime, working at home, waking up on weekdays bleary-eyed, and my hand stiffening up because of too much use. On the upside, this has kept my mind firmly off grad school- until now, I didn't have the time even to check thegradcafe, and only snuck a few minutes each day to check if my materials, letters, and scores have been received. I'm also very thankful that this period of busyness happened now and not last month, where I was scrambling to submit my applications, pester recommenders, and send scores before christmas break.
Now I guess there is nothing to do but wait. So far, only one of my POIs has set up an interview with me, where of course I stuttered, stammered, and managed to look like a complete dunce in my proposed field of study. The upside is that he said that he did have a slot for a student next year, with funding, the project is something that I'm interested in, and he is very much willing to take me on as an advisee. The downside is that he's from my least-favored school. Certainly, I won't get the chance to do that kind of research here in my country, so I think my pride is getting in the way of better judgement. With my GPA one fingernail above the required minimum and zero publications whatsoever (compared to the people I saw in the Results section of TGC, describing 3.5 as a low GPA, gulp is there no hope for me?), can I afford to be prideful? No, I can't. Still, I'm crossing my fingers hoping my applications to other schools yield positive results.
So everyone, here's to us, the waiting! Now time to go back to sleep, as I have to wake up early tomorrow and try to meet a deadline by Thursday that can only be finished if a miracle happens.