I visited with the faculty and students at the program I am going to be attending in the fall (although I didn't officially accept until today). It was nothing short of amazing. Everything clicked--the people, the research, you name it. I'm so excited that I'm already antsy for September!
I also found out that I was THE ONLY student accepted for organizational behavior. It varies year to year, but this year they wanted only one OB student. I could hardly believe it; they said I was their to
The PhD application process has certainly been eye-opening. This doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone, but here is a summary of what I’ve learned. A lot of this has been said by other applicants in the forum, so I’m probably just echoing previous sentiments. 1. PhD admissions are not like undergrad, or even master’s programs (depending on the discipline). Most people (relatives, friends) will not understand this, and expect you to easily gain an acceptance.
2. It’s ideal if you can figur
I got in. I can hardly believe it. So excited & happy I could just about die.
I really, really, really did not think this would happen. It's early March, and I thought if anybody was going to accept me, or interview me, I would know by now. Then tonight--at 10:23pm, to be exact--the PhD admissions director emailed me with an offer. It's for my second choice program (which, to be honest, is probably better for me than my first choice--I've heard less than stellar things about faculty sup
Received my second rejection today. I was about 99% sure I would be rejected from this program, but still, it kind of starts to pile on when you already have one rejection and no semblance of an acceptance.
The problem with this is how anxious I've become. You know that unsettling feeling in your stomach--sometimes excitement, sometimes nervousness, or just plan dread--that you get when something big is coming up? I'm getting that every day, nearly every hour, anytime I think about the last
I wrote a whole blog entry last night about how much waiting sucks. Well, guess what happened? About 20 minutes later, one of my schools updated my status. And it was not good. And I deleted my entry.
First: who releases decisions at midnight?! (seriously, that's when it appeared.) Needless to say, I didn't have anyone to talk to (specifically my husband, who had to be up at 6am), and didn't sleep the best.
Getting a rejection sucks (yes, my name is Captain Obvious). It was from one of
One minute I think, "damn, I'm screwed." Then, I read over my personal statement, resume, letters of recommendation (yes, I waived my rights, but 2 of my 3 profs gave me copies anyway), my transcripts, and I start thinking (after cringing over a couple minor things), "damn, I sound good." (Except for those pesky GRE scores, which aren't bad, but aren't stellar either.)
So, I figure I should leave things on the high note. I will believe it when my profs & family tell me, "oh, you'l
My mom always tells me this whenever I'm stressing about something. "The worst they/he/she can say is no." And it's true. Yet in the case of PhD applications, it doesn't make me feel any better.
And I've realized that I completely wrap myself up in the fear of failure. I define myself by successes; I've never been rejected from a school, never gotten a bad grade. I don't know what it feels like. And I know it WILL happen, since PhD applications are a whole other ballpark, but my fear
Warning: whiny post ahead.
I thought applying (and starting the application process, doing research on programs) early was a good thing. In general, I think it is.
However, I'm getting kind of annoyed that a few of my programs are finally updating their webpages and application requirements in November/December.
One school decided to change to the option of sending unofficial/scanned transcripts, and you only have to send official transcripts if you get accepted. Great. So I ha
Yesterday it was worrying that I forgot to include an important (though probably irrelevant) award I received on my applications. Today, it's me freaking out about my GRE scores. I *thought* a 730 was good for business programs. Apparently, it's all they care about with the GREs, and being in the 78th percentile means I don't have much of a shot at top programs. This is based on the highly reputable source of The Internet.
I keep going back and forth about the GRE thing. On the one han
I've been waiting on my last LOR writer for a few weeks. He's known for awhile about the letters, but I knew it would probably be difficult to get them.
Yesterday, I learned how difficult it is. On of the graduate assistants told me: "if you don't go in there, sit there while he writes it, it will NEVER get done." My other professors told me that as well, though not in those words.
I felt bad doing this, but it's true. I don't want to sound disrespectful--he is a brilliant man--but
I submitted my applications, and now the fear has really set in. I no longer have any control over the process; it is in the hands of the admissions gods.
I tweaked my personal statement for the umpteenth time, including a final read through by my various reviewers (one professor & family members). I felt generally confident with it, more for some programs than others. I worry that I was not specific enough about my research interests, or if I didn’t address the questions well enough