So what I've realized lately is that there's absolutely no numbers whatsoever for me to take comfort in (no matter how many times people ask me what the average admitted "put statistic type here" is for the schools I'm applying to, the answer is still going to be "I don't know"). But thanks to GradCafers kindly reminding every "what are my chances" poster that there's more to it than just numbers, and exceptions for every kind of assumption, I've sort of been able to let go of it.
I'm applying to schools. I really like the ones (9) I picked. I really hope I get in, but have absolutely no expectations about one school or another. Regardless of their names or ranks (I'm doubtful about the very existence of any kind of ranking for my exact interests anyways)- I don't have any better (or worse) chances of getting into any of them. Of course I have favorites (I have a favorite of everything: pair of socks, type of macaroni and cheese, pencil), but that doesn't mean I'm any more or less likely to get in. I'm just doing my best, and hoping some adcom out there really thinks I'm rad. All in all, I'd like to thank the GradCafers for chilling me out (I am, like, at peace with the process, man...woahhh).