So I had completely excluded this program from my plans. It's setup as a every other weekend format for coursework and about 5 hours from where I live (so I'd be commuting to my parents every other weekend then returning to work and life where I live). I wasn't going to apply as it isn't a direct fit to my research or course interests. However I had only applied to 4 programs. 1 had rejected me. 1 had accepted me and I didn't want to go there. I had applied to 2 other programs, 1 I've got a snowball's shot in hell of getting into and 1 I've probably got a decent chance at, but I'm not sure (and it's my first choice). Panic set in and I applied to IUP. They have been by far the most responsive, accommodating, etc. While the program isn't an exact fit to what I hope to accomplish, the fact that they've been available is huge. I've worried about the bulk of the programs I applied to being a problem with getting assistance at maneuvering through the coursework and dissertation. With significant support and resources (not financial) it seems as though sometimes it is work considering the program as it can be tailored a bit more, rather than trying to fit into a very small box. I heard back quickly once my file was complete and I have an interview scheduled for 3/14. It's relief and a breath of fresh air from a process that has been something along the lines of excruciating.
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