It's Almost Time!!
I have 3 applications left to submit. One is due the 15th, and I'll be submitting it today. I would have submitted it this past weekend but I had either food poisoning or a stomach virus, so I was pretty much out of commission. The second one is due on the 31st, but I'll submit that this week some time, and the final one isn't due until (gasp) January 16th!!! That's actually very lucky for me, because the writing sample for this program is an entirely different topic and method than my other writing samples, so I need to look over it.
I can't tell you how terrified and excited I am for all my applications to be over. On the one hand, I'll have all this free time and I won't feel guilty for doing non-application-related things. On the other hand, submitted applications means I've entered the abyss... The terrible, seemingly everlasting abyss where you just wait, and wait, and wait for your fate. I'm hoping I find out in mid February from my top choices. I'm sure come the second week of February I'll be emailing my POIs and asking how their committees are doing (none of them are on their respective admissions committees this year!)
I'm looking forward to some things, though, folks. Christmas. New Year's. My first wedding anniversary on April 10th, five days before the dreaded (or in my case, eagerly anticipated) April 15 Deadline. I'll tell you one thing I'm not looking forward to in my personal life - traveling for a week on business to a conference in Orlando in February. UGH. I'm really hoping no welcome weekends are the weekend of the business trip (yes, it's a week that encompasses a weekend... 2 days I can never get back) - the 9th through 15th or 16th. It will be my first time away from my husband since we've been married and it's not something I'm excited about. It'd be different if I was going alone to look at schools for a week. Oh well, it could definitely be worse!
I had some problems with a few applications that are now sorted out. One of the programs I applied to claimed to have never received my snail mailed writing sample - I sent it twice. One through normal mail and once through certified mail. USPS finally got back to me and said "we're sorry, we don't have delivery data for your mail." But I emailed the graduate secretary a PDF of my writing sample and she accepted it as being received, so ... whew. Another program had an issue with me having two names, two university IDs, and ONE application ID wherein last year's materials (I applied last year) and this year's materials were mixed together. I had to fight to tell them that under no circumstances do I want last year's materials mixed up with this year's materials, because I worked REALLY hard on this year's materials so much so that they're totally different! I'm actually still worried about that situation because no one ever gave me a straight answer that, "no, we will not mix up your materials."
I'm obsessing over those application decisions already... and getting antsy. I've already checked the statuses of all the applications I've submitted so far, somehow expecting to see a decision. Of course there's no decision yet! I can dream.
How are everyone else's applications going?