Right so this is sheer boredom! All but one app has been submitted-the last one is ready but I'm waiting to hear something, anything, from a PI at this last university. BUT, I will only wait till the beginning of next week coz I do want my GRE scores to reach them in time.
The online application systems of some universities will acknowledge when my transcripts and GRE scores have reached them and the systems of otther won't so I just have to trust *rolls eyes*. Anyway, all in all I would say that this is one of the least stressful parts of the process-submitting everything. The stress comes on now-waiting for everything to reach safetly-for that email that says 'Application Complete!' and then checking the email a million times for an admissions decision. And then I'm hoping the process of actually accepting offers is peaceful....
The only bee under my bonnet at the moment is my UCSD application. So it all started off hunky-dory when I sent off the pre-app form back in August. I haven't heard a peep out of them since then (to be fair they did acknowledge the receipt of my form and say that they would begin processing the pre-apps in November). Anyway, they said if my pre-app was successful they would send me application instructions BUT their actual application deadline is the 1st of December!!! How do a bunch of academics NOT know that academics take their own sweet time to write LORs and that lighting a fire under their arses does not help the process? Ugh!