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And now we wait

psychdork

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I realize it's been some time since my last post, but there really wasn't anything exciting to write about until recently.

So now I'm in that never-ending waiting period. Every day I find myself staring at my phone, demanding the email notification light to start blinking. And then it does, and I think, "wow, it really worked!". Until I read the email, which has nothing to do with my applications, and 9 times out of 10 is something I couldn't care less about. So then I sit at my desk annoyed at that email, and start the email-light demanding cycle over again. It's usually then that I make myself do something productive which works for a good 5-10 minutes until I find myself staring at my phone again. Apparently, I have developed the attention span of a goldfish.

Of course, every so often I do hear something positive. Now, you would think that hearing something would help squelch the anxiety I feel towards my other programs, right? Oh no, actually it makes it worse! It's almost like some twisted gambler's fallacy, if one school tells me something, well then the others have to as well! So if I hear something from School A on Monday, well then Schools B-H will definitely tell me something Tuesday. And if not Tuesday, then Wednesday, and so forth. And yes, I realize the lack of logic there, and I've tried to tell myself that. But have you ever had an argument with yourself? Mine never end well. In fact, they usually end with me staring at my phone...

So at this point, I've had one in-person interview (School A), one phone interview (School B.) and I'm officially waitlisted at another school (School C). So that's 3 out of 8 programs, with no word from the rest. I think I might be waitlisted at School D, but I'm not sure yet. From what I've been told from the schools I have heard from, if there is anything positive coming my way I should hear back from School B in the next few days (for an in-person interview invite) and School A should be making admissions decisions early next week. From my experience, School C has a long waitlist so it's hard to say where I stand there if they even get to the waitlist (they didn't last year). So for now my hope is on Schools A & B. I thought that knowing when I would hear back would be helpful, but I don't know if it is. I mean I guess it is in a way since I know when to expect it, but at the same time I feel like a little kid waiting for Santa to come. Except that I don't know if I'm getting a present, or if Santa will give me a lump of coal sometime later. I know it's only 1 more week. I already waited 1.5 weeks for School A (plus 6 weeks), I can wait another week. At least that is what I keep telling myself.

I also made a decision that if I got an interview I would only tell a select group of people (less than 5 total). I thought that would help because then I wouldn't have a lot of people asking details about the interview...which just leads to questions about all the other programs to which I applied. Also, then you don't have 20 people giving you advice about the interview. Don't get me wrong, I'm far from perfect, and I am more than willing to ask others for advice. However, I like to do it on my own terms, and ask the people I trust, and know how graduate school interviews work. Hearing about how interviews work at your place of employment probably will not help me at X University. I've done a good job keeping this all quiet, but it is much harder than I thought it would be! After my phone interview yesterday all I wanted to do was tell someone...anyone...fine, everyone how it went. Once I get in somewhere I'll probably share interview details (if there are any at that point) with anyone who asks, I'm just hoping that day comes soon.




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I think your reason for not telling people is probably better than mine. I've been trying not to tell people about my one interview because I don't want them to be disappointed in me if I don't get accepted. Of course, the people I told SUCK at not telling other people and suddenly everyone I didn't want to know knows. Ugh.

 

Glad your phone interview went well!

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I think your reason for not telling people is probably better than mine. I've been trying not to tell people about my one interview because I don't want them to be disappointed in me if I don't get accepted. Of course, the people I told SUCK at not telling other people and suddenly everyone I didn't want to know knows. Ugh.

 

Glad your phone interview went well!

Well, honestly that is a big part of the reason too.  I don't want everyone to ask follow-up questions if it ends up being that I'm rejected.  Ugh, that sucks!  So far mine have been quiet, but we'll see.  Thanks!

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Happens to me daily!! I check my email hourly, waiting for that acceptance. My application is now at the Dean and I am waiting anxiously for his acceptance. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.. H.H.

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yah...the waiting game...i've also been staring at my phone and every time i hear an alert, i check immediately only to be disappointed and annoyed by irrelevant texts or emails.  i have even told my friends to stop texting me and emailing me lol  this wait is miserable...ugh!

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