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  1. There's no point in worrying. In the very unlikely event they are changing their minds without keeping you informed of their concerns, there is nothing you can do about it. It's best to just be patient and wait for the official acceptance.
  2. Can you explain this a little more? I saw some messenger bags I might like to buy that advertised compartments for laptops, but now I am worried that that's not good enough.
  3. I don't imagine they do this out of ill will. Put yourself in their shoes. Think back to when you were selecting which programs you were going to apply to. There are hundreds across the country. Some you know right off the bat you don't want to apply to. Some resonate with you immediately, so you put them down on your list. But others require more careful consideration (do you have enough schools on your list? do you really want to spend the money for that extra tenth application?). Now just pretend each of these programs was anxiously waiting to hear from you about whether or not you were going to apply. Some of them you can give answers right away, but the others take more time. There's a lot of stuff to sift through.
  4. You shouldn't be worried at all. First of all, I'd consider Monday or Tuesday to be within the realm of "a few days" from Thursday. Secondly, it would not reflect very well on the program's ability to choose good students if they accepted you and then decided that they actually wanted to rescind your offer within a couple of days. For that to happen, it seems like there would need to be a major blemish on your application that was fairly well-hidden. And even then I think they would probably contact you about it as soon as they found out. Unless you know of anything like that in your application, you really shouldn't worry. You've been accepted.
  5. I 100% agree with @rheya19's advice. I'd even go so far as to say excuse yourself from the house - absolutely do go to the mall, or a coffee shop, or somewhere you can relax and have time to yourself. I struggle with a controlling parent, too. When I was younger it used to be easier to just give in, but now I really regret setting that precedent. Luckily I don't live at home anymore. Haha I remember early in high school I thought I would apply to a few colleges close by because I couldn't deal with the stress of living on my own. By the time I had to apply to colleges, any school less than a two-hour drive from home was not an option.
  6. I didn't mean it was inappropriate to ask for a response ASAP. I still maintain that it was inappropriate for them to mention they're asking because it seemed like OP was more interested in another program. I just can't imagine a way of phrasing that to make it redeemable. At the very worst, they are prescribing an opinion to OP that was never there in the first place. At best, it comes off as a program with bad self-esteem, so to speak. On a separate note, I know for sure that not every department follows the selection procedure you outlined. On one of my visit days, we noticed that there was a very large group of visiting students, and the graduate director made it clear that they were expecting an incoming cohort of 15 (less than the number of students in attendance). He told us that they actually had insurance to cover the costs of any students over the 15 they were expecting. Apparently they provided the agency with statistics from past years to justify why the large number of acceptances is likely to result in only 15 matriculations. I guess in this way the department was able to accept the top students and accept their "safety" students without worrying about being able to afford everyone. This also has the benefit of being able to send out all acceptances/rejections at once, and not putting pressure on your top students to make up their minds quickly.
  7. I'd say it's probably not worth it. It sounds like a generic admitted students day, in which case they're probably going to try to convince you to come with some information that isn't necessarily specific to your intended program. And since you're pretty much sold on the school anyway, it may not be very helpful to you. I think you could probably do better by exchanging back-and-forth emails with students and faculty in your intended department. I think a better idea would be to move into town a decent amount of time before orientation. You can get your bearings in the city, start making friends, meet with professors who can tell you a bit about their work and your program. I don't think you'll miss out on making bonds with your classmates - I've attended a graduate program before which had a department-specific visit day, and while people were friendly we still went a whole 6+ months without seeing each other again. Just my two cents.
  8. Just tell the POI these things (not that their email was distressing, but everything following that). This is the truth, and it's completely understandable. In my opinion, the email your POI sent sounds pretty inappropriate. I've mentioned that I'll be visiting other places to one of my POIs, and they were completely supportive and encouraged checking out all of my options. And that POI is at my top choice - I just want to use all of the resources at my disposal to make completely sure I'm making the right decision. I'm shocked that this person would guess at your intentions in an email they sent to you.
  9. I think @AP offered some good advice, and it sounds like you are quick to dismiss it simply because he or she is not in your shoes. This piece of advice is key: Whether you didn't get into any grad schools, you got denied a grant, you got dumped by a long-term partner, or whatever, this piece of advice *always* applies. It is tempting to think "this isn't fair," "why do I have to go through this", etc.. And on one hand it's natural and healthy. But you can't keep that outlook forever or else you'll never move on. You need to remember that this one thing doesn't define you, that there are lots of other options left in life. I've made big mistakes before. There is a strong desire to wallow in them. I think that comes from a place of desperation, where we want very badly to change what has happened. The unfortunate truth is that you can't change what has happened. The other, amazing truth is that you have the rest of your life ahead of you to not repeat your mistakes and to accomplish things that will make you proud of yourself. That might mean reexamining your goals, wants, and needs. There's no shame in that. It's easy to miss the meaning in the cliche "don't take life so seriously," but what I've written here is what it means to me.
  10. Has anyone here applied to the Temple University College of Education? I haven't heard anything from them, and when I log on to MyTU and click on My Applications, it shows the status of my application as "Completed" (not "under review" or anything like that). I'm not trying to be impatient, but I was curious if anyone else can confirm or refute that "Completed" means the application has been submitted and will be/has been reviewed. I only ask because I've had numerous problems when trying to submit this application (e.g., transcripts that were once marked as 'received' were changed to 'not received' for no reason at all), and I'm not so sure that my application hasn't been dismissed on that basis. Long story short: if you've applied to Temple CoE and haven't received a decision, what does your application status say?
  11. I understand your frustration. I really dislike the personal statement prompts that ask you why your research interests fit well with the program AND how the program will help you reach your goals (for me and probably many others, those are pretty much the same thing). Some ideas from a non-expert: it sounds like they want to know specifically how the money will help you. If you're using it for tuition, maybe talk about how it will help free up your time to carry out your time-intensive study plans (then it doesn't sound like you're being sarcastic when you bring up "not being a shitty student"). I don't know if you plan to attend conferences or give talks, but if you could provide specific examples of those, too, it would probably make you look like you're taking the program seriously and have good plans for the money.
  12. This exact thing happened to me. It turned out soon meant "two weeks and a day" in that case. However, in situations like this I think "soon" mostly means "we promise it's coming, please don't forget about us!" If this delay is affecting your decision-making I don't think it would hurt to send them an email letting them know, and they would probably do their best to expedite getting that information to you. Otherwise, they are probably already moving things along as quickly as they reasonably can. I think in both your case and mine, the professor probably contacted us as soon as they could say we were "for sure" in because they were excited, and everyone likes to pass on good news. So think of that as the silver lining. I think it's a nice personal touch, better than getting an automated notification that your decision is available online.
  13. That doesn't sound like your fault at all, especially if she said she would call you at that time. Really unfortunate. I had arranged a phone conversation (not an interview, but a chat with a professor) far in advance. We didn't exchange emails at all during the days leading up to the conversation, but she emailed me the morning of to confirm I was still available, and I replied saying yes. Seems like your interviewer could have done something similar, especially if she needed to make special arrangements.
  14. Yes, I did realize this when I found it. However, I read the entire thing and I don't think this is really problematic. For example, they mention that most of the responses they got about the analytic writing section were neutral or negative - that it was way too subjective (in terms of graders looking for very specific things, instead of considering the essays holistically) to be of any use. This was a qualitative study and I don't believe they made any attempt to falsify the information they obtained in interviews. That's why I think it's ok to take the quote I mentioned at face value, and assume there is at least one faculty member out there that has this impression of his school's contest. I could have been more descriptive in my first email. The kind of university-wide fellowships I'm thinking about (and which this article seems to examine exclusively) are ones in which there are no department quotas and it is not the choice of individual graduate program directors who gets the awards. From what I've read, it is fairly common to have university-wide fellowships where 1) departments nominate "top" candidates to a central graduate school committee and 2) the graduate school committee uses some criteria to select a few winners from all of the nominees. So there is no guarantee that any given department will have a student who gets an award. I'm asking because I was nominated for one, and got curious about how candidates from different disciplines would be compared if not for a standardized test. And I don't doubt that the GRE is not the sole criterion for such contests, but I would not be surprised to find out that it truly was one of the most important factors.
  15. @forgetful26 Thanks! I thought there might be a good chance of the mean age being older than most programs, since (like you mentioned) a lot of the programs I looked at mentioned experience as being a positive. Not all of them did though, and in fact I talked to two graduates of the program I'm likely to attend and they both jumped in right after doing BS/BA work. It's nice to have a concrete statistic to go on.