BowTiesAreCool, here is my remedy to the angst. Hope it helps. (Can you tell I have a cold, and am therefore avoiding doing all and any work right now?)
GRAD SCHOOL APPLICATIONS: As told by puppies.
You started this cycle by throwing yourself into your applications, reaching for the dream of an acceptance letter.
Applications took everything you had, leaving you in a dazed state.
Now, you are on the waiting period, moving frantically with no destination in sight...
Trying to find ways to distract yourself from your email...
And attacking any friend or family member who claims confidently, "You're gonna get into all the schools!"
But eventually you'll hear some good news, and you will love the DGS more than you've ever loved anyone before.
It's pretty much the greatest feeling, the feeling of being wanted.
Then, in a few months time, you'll be starting the PhD student journey alongside new friends who are nervous, thrilled, and curious, just like you.
And if it doesn't happen this year, it will happen when it's time. Lots of us here had multiple rounds before ending up where we wanted.
Until then, here are a bunch of puppies to make the waiting easier.