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  1. 14 points
    gooniesneversaydie

    2020 Applicants

    Am I the only one sick of seeing the "Girl gets accepted to Harvard" video every time they refresh the main page? Like, good for her, but ffs, her repeated immense joy is like pouring boiling salt water into the wounds of rejection. C'mon Brown. We're all here waiting for you. And you too, BU, I'm waiting...
  2. 12 points
    Rrandle101

    2020 Applicants

    Idk who needs to hear this but my 19 year-old sister told me tonight that even though everything feels like it's coming down all at once that "you are in control of everything you are doing rn and that you are doing a good job" and felt inclined to share it with others because it made me feel tremendously better about everything here's to hoping for more good news for everyone tomorrow!
  3. 10 points
    MichelleObama

    2020 Applicants

    I bartend at a mid-sized music venue which has 2 venues and 5 bars within, so we have a crazy huge staff, lots of security, etc. Last night I was working a [terrible] show, and walked in to balloons, flowers, a bottle of champagne, and a card signed by the whole staff. Two of the touring bands yelled "CONGRATS ON YALE!" because they had been served by an old friend of mine in a town 2 hours away earlier that day, who happened to have told them I had gotten in. Needless to say, I cried in public multiple times yesterday. I've never happy cried this much in my whole life. This process is still the worst f*cking thing tho
  4. 10 points
    onerepublic96

    2020 Applicants

    I feel this. I'm on one waitlist and have 9 pending programs (of those, possibly 2 or 3 implied rejections). This has been so tough and up until a few days ago I was having a very hard time, imagining nonstop what it would be like to get shut out, and feeling completely lost. I'm still afraid, and it will hurt a lot if this cycle ends disappointingly for me, but I've just become so tired of the emotional roller coaster that I was able to fully bring myself to that 'it's out of my hands now; there's no way to predict anything; whatever happens, I'll just take it one step at a time.' If this cycle is a wash for me (and I do still have some hope it may not be), then I'll try again. Just thinking about writing up new applications, reworking writing samples, going through the waiting game again, and—most of all—asking my professors to write a third round of reference letters (they recommended me for my MA, as well as this PhD cycle) scares me so much, but I just keep reminding myself that there is nothing I can do right now at all, and if I do come to a position in which I have to try again, all I can do is try. I can't predict if I'll have the energy, the resources, if I'll be able to get references, etc., so what's the use in stressing about it now? I'm just wearing myself out that way. I know this probably doesn't help, but I just wanted to write all this to let you know, as others have already done, that you're definitely not alone. This entire process is the most gruelling thing I've been through, and it has a uniquely awful way of wearing out a person in a myriad of different ways. It's tough seeing people get really great news over and over, as happy as we all are for them, but we just have to keep reminding ourselves that admission decisions are incredibly complex and in large part depend on chance.
  5. 9 points
    surplus_value

    2020 Applicants

    hey! I know the process of waiting is really tough (as we're almost all in this at the moment)—and that this is a forum as much for celebrating success as commiserating about disappointment—but as someone whose struggles with mental health do not afford me the luxury of enjoying a comedic distance to prospect of being killed or injured in some way or another by this process, these kind of comments are pretty tough to read... you've had an incredible season, and your success seems wholly deserved! in fact i'm very jealous of you! some of us haven't been admitted anywhere, however, so please just be mindful of the different situations people on this forum are in. the stakes are different for everyone. all that said, I have hopes for (and confidence in, in light of your already incredible achievements to date) a continuation of your success! and please continue to add to the forum with your light and grace. solidarity to everyone facing a shutout!
  6. 9 points
    niceward

    2019-2020 Application Thread

    It is my birthday today, and while I am not asking for acceptances, I am asking for no rejections, at minimum.
  7. 9 points
    madisonc7

    MSW Applications Fall 2020

    Thank you! I'm shocked. I'm from a small town in western Kansas that no one has heard of, with the worst funding in the state. In my town, everyone goes to the hometown college and it was a big deal to even move 3 hours away. My mom sobbed when she found out I got in. She had me really young and gave up her education for me. I feel overwhelmingly grateful today.
  8. 7 points
    Indecisive Poet

    Wisdom of the terminal MA

    Wrote a long thing but I don't want to sign up for more discussion on this, so I will just say, OP: if you are concerned that where you did your undergraduate work will weigh negatively on your application, I suggest that you take all of this advice with a swimming pool of salt and do your own research. Look through every single graduate student profile at every program you are interested in and see where they got their previous degrees. Never count yourself out as a top applicant preemptively. You will regret punching below your weight.
  9. 7 points
    madisonc7

    MSW Applications Fall 2020

    I got into Penn! they sent me an email saying they were going to call me tomorrow but didn't want to wait! I got it like an hour and a half ago!
  10. 6 points
    gooniesneversaydie

    2020 Applicants

    We all have a right to be here and express our frustrations, joys, heartbreak, and impatience, in whatever way helps us through this insane process. We can't forget that we are all in this together - regardless of who has gotten into what program or not. You, I, her, him, they, etc, we all completed these crazy applications, lost sleep, cried, yelled, worked our asses off to be the best, etc. We all have our heart set on that *ONE* school, and just because there are acceptances, doesn't mean there isn't a real fear for the next. We celebrate (even if we have to push through the jealousy) our fellow posters who've been accepted and stand united with those who may be struggling.
  11. 6 points
    caffeinated applicant

    2020 Applicants

    first response: honestly wouldn't even be mad to be woken up at 11:59pm on the 29th by a call from penn second response: "text from unknown number (maybe: harvard): hey u up?"
  12. 6 points
    digital_lime

    2020 Applicants

    I've been going through some similar feelings. I'm on two waitlists, but that's no guarantee that I'll get in, and last week, I was in a bit of a "dark night of the soul" place w/r/t grad school and my applications. After thinking about it a bit, I feel much better. Here's what I've been thinking: I think that many of us who apply to graduate school have this idea that getting a Ph.D. is the only possible route to a fulfilling life. That's not the case, though. There are many ways to live a creative, intellectual, productive life that have nothing to do with the contemporary university--and there is also no guarantee that being admitted to a graduate program will provide you with a fulfilling or meaningful career. If you are capable of performing well in grad school, which it appears that you are, there is no reason why you cannot work on a nonfiction writing project outside of the university (unless, I suppose, your current job situation is so oppressive and all-consuming that you can't find even thirty minutes a day to devote to something outside of it). There's no reason you can't do citizen journalism, or start a small business, or a blog, or a series of video essays, or a zine, or a podcast, or whatever (and all of these can be just as intellectually rigorous, in their own way, as grad school coursework or journal articles). There are so many ways for you to be creative and express your ideas. Eventually, you might be able to monetize any of these endeavors and--perhaps slowly, but probably in less than the five to six years that a Ph.D. would take to complete--could start earning enough money to make it a full-time job. The job market for any creative endeavor is awful, but I don't think any of them are worse than the job market for humanities Ph.D.s. And the skills you've already developed in order to make yourself a competitive applicant would give you a head start in any of these endeavors. This is, at least, what I have been telling myself as I face the real possibility of not going anywhere. But it's made me feel significantly better about the prospect of not going to grad school.
  13. 5 points
    DanaJ

    2020 application thread

    I went into my program with mindset of a clean slate. New laptop, new schoolbag, blah blah blah. That said, I had an 8 year old MacBook. It was giving me a lot of issues while I was writing my MA thesis, and one day I actually had to open up the back and re-seat the RAM. Not the end of the world, and my thesis was backed up in my google drive, but still a scary moment when everything was formatted and near final submission. Consider it, if you can. PhD programs are long, tech doesn't last forever, and changing computers in the middle can be incredibly inconvenient. That said, for most historians, a MacBook is overkill. I got a little HP on Amazon for half of what I would've paid for MacBook air, and it's just fine.
  14. 5 points
    By "having more diversity," I assume that you meant to enhance diverse perspectives. You can enhance diverse perspectives and not be a person of color. Someone's racial background is not the reason they were admitted into a program, they were clearly a good fit with the PI. Although you meant no harm with your question it rubbed me the wrong way because of how rude it is to assume that someone's status as a racial/ethnic minority only made them a stronger applicant and you're lack of "diversity" is what made you a "weaker" applicant. This process sucks and we are all going through it. There's no need to try and make someone feel as though they only got into a program because they are a person of color, that's just pure ignorance and entitlement. Again, I'm sorry you are going through this but you should really watch how you phrase your questions and comments.
  15. 5 points
    sidneys

    2020 Applicants

    I'm emailing the grad program administrator now––I'll let you all know if I hear back from her!
  16. 5 points
    PsycUndergrad

    You made it.... Now what?

    Congrats guys! Don’t do more work than you have to do for your job or classes. Don’t try to pre-study, don’t brush up on stats, don’t try to memorize your new advisor’s entire body of work... there’s no way to really prepare for grad school and you’ll just burn out. You have finally reached your goal and are about to be very stressed and poor for 5+ years, so now is the time to relax. I really regret not taking the time to travel or do more fun things before I started my PhD.
  17. 5 points
    merry night wanderer

    2020 Applicants

    You've been such a great cheerleader for the rest of us, and I just want to say: the waitlist at UT Austin is a place many would kill to be. And a lot of us with MAs wouldn't have gotten anywhere near that point without the extra time an MA provides. Certainly not me! It's good to keep expectations managed. But in my time as a grad school applicant, I've seen numerous cases of people getting into only one. So don't discount the lottery just yet, and remember a terminal MA is not the end of the world. Is a funded MA not an option? I can think of a few offhand that are in cities with decent job prospects. It would be a commute, but Villanova is close to Philadelphia, for instance. You are thinking about this very pragmatically, which is good, and moving definitely costs a lot, but in this day and age, it's not a bad thing to change jobs - it's how you get a raise in many careers. This is no small sacrifice, and I know it's just realistic to think about how this will impact your finances. But maybe you can find a way to do it without sacrificing your partner's career.
  18. 5 points
    Yes, the compulsive e-mail checking is still going on for me as well. Although I haven't received anything in weeks lol. I've gotten around to making beach-vacation plans for this summer, got plane tickets and hotels and everything for a large group of friends. I needed to plan something I guess
  19. 5 points
    caffeinated applicant

    2020 Applicants

    My optimism, it sure is waning. With Brown, Duke, Maryland, and Virginia acceptances on the board (two of those quite old acceptances at schools that typically notify rejected applicants weeks later), I'm counting those out, and while I know each school evaluates candidates independently, and the nature of the committee as a collection of individuals with their own research interests and agendas is a recipe for varying outcomes (i.e., each committee does not rate each candidate on shared "objective measures" but evaluates based on their own non-shared interests)... it just feels silly to take these presumed rejections and, rather than imagine a shutout, imagine going to Penn or Harvard. And if I'm shut out, what then? I would have to move for a terminal MA, and to move both myself and my partner for a two-year degree to then have to move a second time for graduate school, then take out all the loans that typically accompany a terminal MA--well, an academic career is such a risky proposition that it seems ill-advised to stake both my career and my partner's and our shared financial future on that. I could write a new work sample and apply for another cycle, but if I'm shut out a second time, I fear I'll seriously regret spinning my wheels in a job I don't love but can't change for another here, in a location that creates serious quality-of-life challenges for both me and my partner on a number of fronts. (Moving this year and next year would pose career and financial problems.) I'm in that spot where I feel like I've spent a thousand dollars to be told, "Well, sure, you're bright, but many people are bright, and we've assembled a group that gives us more confidence than you." Which... fair? But I'm hardly looking forward to giving my recommenders and coworkers that answer. I hate to be told that I'm "giving up on my dream," but folks, we all know that not everybody makes it.
  20. 5 points
    msw715

    MSW Applications Fall 2020

    I'm so sorry to hear this, I got a rejection last week and it's definitely a shitty feeling. As so many people on here have said, graduate admissions can be volatile and aren't often a reflection of you as a candidate. This is incredibly cliche but everything happens for a reason and I know you'll find yourself on the path you were meant to be on all along. Maybe this is irrelevant but I remember getting rejected from my ~*dream school*~ for undergrad and being so unbelievably devastated and thinking I would not be happy anywhere else (we love high school melodrama). I'm finishing up my senior year at a school I hadn't even seriously considered at the time and I cannot imagine spending the last 3.5 years anywhere else. I'm trying to currently use this experience as a reminder that a year from now, I won't even think about the rejections and just be grateful I ended up where I am. Side note: Waiting to hear back from my current ~*dream school*~ so please hold me to this mentality if I get bad news LOL
  21. 4 points
    FruitLover

    2020 application thread

    I second that. With Microsoft Word, you can set it up that the document is automatically saved on OneDrive (you get some amount of storage for free, which should be enough for a lot of text documents). I don’t know much about MacBooks, but my laptop is pretty old (older than yours) and it’s still reliable. If you do get a new laptop, I recommend one with an SSD drive because it makes it so much faster: it never takes my laptop more than a second to load despite its old age. The ones with SSD (as opposed to HDD only) are more expensive, but when it comes to laptops, when you buy a more expensive one, it may save you money in the long run. Also, if your battery starts losing charge fast, you can always replace just the battery without buying a new laptop.
  22. 4 points
    ashiepoo72

    2020 application thread

    I want to cosign. I had to replace my laptop in the middle of my first year, but the one I bought (extremely cheap and unreliable, don't be like me) ended up dying early in my third year. I found a laptop that had the specs I wanted at the price I could afford, and it has been good to me (it's an Acer Aspire E5-575 if anyone is interested). However, I recently went through a horror show trying to recover the documents I had on my last laptop because the external drive they were on was lost in my latest move. I HIGHLY recommend you have a reliable laptop at the very start of grad school. It's great if your current laptop does the job, but if you're having any issues, get an upgrade. Also, treat your external drive like a block of gold. And maybe back stuff up on the Cloud, too.
  23. 4 points
    meghan_sparkle

    2020 Applicants

    If I don't hear from somewhere today I will riot.* *Cry in the shower quietly and respectfully.
  24. 4 points
    LanternTrinity

    You made it.... Now what?

    For the next 5 or 6 years, you'll have plennnty of time to do research, sharpen up or learn research related skills. What you won't get is this golden opportunity to really relax and have fun without feeling guilty about all the pending, piling workload. So, paleesssee, guys, take time out to celebrate and (shamelessly) pursue your fun-goals. You have definitely earned it.
  25. 4 points
    TheCarbWhisperer

    2020 Waitlist Thread

    When I received WL emails I just reply and say thank you for the consideration and that I'm still very much interested in the PhD program at University of My Dreams.
  26. 4 points
    This is just an inappropriate comment that I would encourage you to reflect on. It is invalidating of Justice's efforts and abilities. Of course we always strive for diversity in Counseling Psychology, just as we strive for other social justice goals. And even the most qualified applicant can always do more to have a stronger application: more pubs, better scores, etc. At the end of the day, it's fit that matters.
  27. 4 points
    Yikes. I really understand your frustration, having also interviewed at just one place. However, I think you should take more time to focus on your social and interpersonal skills--things that can't be measured on paper. To me, this comment comes across as arrogant, while also reducing Justice's qualifications to just having an "upper hand" by being a minority. (whether you intended for it to come across that way or not). I'm sure you interviewed extremely well, but it's insinuating comments like these that can potentially tank your chances...
  28. 4 points
    I haven't decided what school yet but I do know I will be attending a Ph.D. program this fall! I've been traveling as much as my full-time job allows. working on some passion projects (YouTube and blogging), and reading books for fun (I'm a sucker for YA fiction). As well, I just preordered the Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch, so I intend on wasting as much time as possible playing that and Stardew Valley. Basically, I'm going to do very little to prepare myself for grad school besides my duties in my research lab that I volunteer/work in part-time. I just want to enjoy my time off and live as much as possible.
  29. 4 points
    Lol, well optimism is always good. I wouldn't stress the Ivy thing, there's really no ranking system at PhD programs. It's more about fit and making sure you're productive in the ways that will suit your ultimate goals.
  30. 4 points
    msw2020waiting

    MSW Applications Fall 2020

    I'm so sorry about that. That feeling sucks. The whole application process can be really unfair because the admissions are just looking at us through a few pieces of paper, and we are so much more beyond that. I'm sure their decision is based on the limited information that they required from you, and you are a brilliant and competent person that cannot be defined by their judgements. Also, it is very possible that it's more about the school than it's about you. Like others said, maybe they dont feel that they have enough resources for you, or maybe the program is designed to fit with other concentrations.
  31. 4 points
    eurialo

    Playwriting MFAs

    Long time lurker -- hello! Figured I'd just add to the bucket that I received a rejection from CM a few weeks prior. I worry sometimes that rejections are underreported, so I figured I'd chime in. Hopefully someone reading this who got a rejection will feel they aren't alone! To all those who got an interview, congrats!
  32. 4 points
    SlyManuel

    Spanish 2020

    Officially off the waitlist at UVA, super excited!
  33. 3 points
    gooniesneversaydie

    2020 Applicants

    I don't know if I could get out a "hello" to answer the phone if it started ringing. I'd be sobbing as soon as I answered. Knowing my luck it'll be a very confused scammer on the other end, like, "Girl...do you need to talk? Also, what's your social security number?"
  34. 3 points
    Wimsey

    2020 Applicants

    All the calls and emails will go out at 11:59 pm on the 29th.
  35. 3 points
    caffeinated applicant

    2020 Applicants

    this is a mostly facetious comment but.......... do you think that programs are excited that because it's a leap year, they have an extra day to wait to release decisions and have it still be "by the end of february"?
  36. 3 points
    meghan_sparkle

    2020 Applicants

    they're not english!
  37. 3 points
    HootyHoo

    2020 Acceptance Thread

    Just got good news from Fordham! ^^
  38. 3 points
    MichelleObama

    2020 Applicants

    I am also a classics nerd! Classical Studies became one of my majors. I took a year of Latin under the Classics and Ancient History minor and found I'd miss classics too much, so I declared the full major and committed to another year of Latin and I am SO glad I did! I want to do a million projects regarding race/slavery/women in antiquity which was part of my research proposal in my SOP. Classics are addictive af. Such a huge chasm in scholarship regarding female slaves!
  39. 3 points
    HAC

    Any Older PhD Candidates Out There?

    I am 30 years old and have a soon to be toddler at home. I will be starting a PhD in the coming year. I have found that quite the contrary to what people say, being an “older” student and a mother has made me a better student and researcher. I have had no choice but to prioritize things and accomplish them rapidly without delay. I have been working in research for 5 years now and have realized that people with more life experience make better academics in general. I know it may seem intimidating to be in a different phase of life than other students but I think you’d be surprised that there are more of us out there than you might imagine. ❤️
  40. 3 points
    gooniesneversaydie

    2020 Applicants

    I felt this post so hard in my soul. This is my second cycle and I've learned so many difficult and expensive lessons. But you know, if I truly did some inner searching, I would do it again a third time if needed. I think anyone who wants to be in academia is slightly off their rocker (*raises hand high*) and the sacrifices we make do NOT make sense on paper, but if you really believe this is the right path, then I say never give up. I didn't get my BA until I turned 33, and even though it landed me in a pit of SL debt, I have no regrets. I knew I wouldn't feel complete as a person unless I was in school. Same goes for this. You just have to be really honest with yourself. If there is an alternative that could bring you happiness, then find that alternative. If the thought of not being in academia is beyond comprehension, then don't give up. As one poster said above, it only takes one, and it will happen.
  41. 3 points
    GabriellaG

    2019-2020 Application Thread

    Happy Birthday!
  42. 3 points
    I also apologize, the “fake news” comment did sound like you were trolling at first. I think it all just comes down to fit, I got rejected from the program I was sure I’d be attending as well. I really do wish you the best and my DMs are wide open.
  43. 3 points
    Let’s not make little remarks. This individual most likely just found out that he/she was not given an offer and this was his/her only doctoral application. It’s okay to be mad and sometimes that leads to lashing out. If she/he ever needs support or tips on the next application cycle let me know. I can help
  44. 3 points
    Compulsive e-mail checking and mad anxiety lol. Already looking into my plan c option of running away to the circus.
  45. 3 points
    CanadianEnglish

    Wisdom of the terminal MA

    If you would like to chat with someone with in a similar situation, DM me! I went to an unranked English program at a mid-size public university for my BA (3.0ish student) and now I am finishing up my terminal MA at a large, kind of ranked public university (4.0 student now). I wasn't prepared or good enough to go straight into a top tier PhD program so the terminal MA was a good fit for me. Feel free to DM me with questions about my experience!
  46. 3 points
    I'm excited to see people from this forum at visit days! I know most probably don't want to share which ones due to anonymity, but it will be nice hanging out in person with others who shared this exciting yet anxious experience.
  47. 3 points
    This seriously just blows. I don't understand this from POIs, really. I mean you can always weed out match with candidates from prelim Skype interviews. Why do they have to have 7+ people incur the expenses of travelling, missing work/school and everything else, when you only have one spot? It just seems excessive to me and not really aware of their own privilege. It also gets the hopes up of all these great applicants, and it makes it harder to choose for the POI.
  48. 3 points
    msw_is_stressful

    Canada MSW 2020

    I admire you for being so driven and applying to so many schools! I found the application process so mentally challenging and exhausting so congratulations on applying to four. I am hoping you will receive good news from one of the three schools left!
  49. 3 points
    PENNYLIUPPPPP

    HGSE 2020

    I believe it will be out on 3.6, since last year was 3.1 and last last year was 3.2. It should be the first Friday in March, if they follow the streak this year
  50. 3 points
    PsyDuck90

    Any Older PhD Candidates Out There?

    So I'm not a mom (husband and I are holding off on kids until I finish), but I am considered an older student compared to the vast majority of my program-mates (30 and in my 2nd year). I also have a classmate who is a mom and I know she finds it very difficult to balance everything, and she is fortunate enough to have a lot of help. I think the main thing for you to consider is what is your ultimate career goal. You said that you applied to PhD programs at the behest of your professor. Does your professional goal require a PhD or is the masters level licensure enough? Yes, you can get paid more as a doctorate level clinician. However, once you factor in the cost of tuition (it sounds like you were awarded some assistance but it isn't a full ride) and time spent out of the workforce and therefore not earning anything, you may just break even (or not even). Add in that you will likely not be contributing to retirement funds during your time in the program, so that can increase the amount of time you have to work before you can afford retirement. These are just some things I would consider when factoring in the decision. I know I thought about a lot of these types of things prior to applying because I was in a good and psych-adjacent career with a master's before I decided to quit to pursue clinical psychology.


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