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    Crucial BBQ got a reaction from Monochrome Spring in Rejections and Being Thankful for What We Have   
    As one of the resident "oldies" around here who has more life experiences than most, all I can say is that this is something that will repeat itself over and over again throughout your life.  It often times sucks, sure, but the earlier you realize this is just one of those facts of life beyond your control, the better you will be.  I also guarantee that there will be times when you come out on top; sometimes it will feel well deserved, others, it will leave you scratching your head--"wow, I lucked out with that one, huh?"
     
    You know, I was denied to every single program I applied to two years in a row.  One of those programs waitlisted me the first time with the PI all but saying "hey, how soon can you get here to start work in the lab" during the interview the following year.  He even sent me copies of some his own research papers after the interview to get me up to speed and we had exchanged an extensive amount of emails. I have know idea what happened.   
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    Crucial BBQ got a reaction from docjourney in Second Chances   
    This is going to be my second time.  I was not too bummed out after I had received my final rejection letter, actually I found it rather comical.  I thought I did everything right from day one but in the end realized I made many mistakes.   I went into it blind, that is no help from an academic advisor, family member, etc. but I thought I knew everything.  I was more humbled than bummed and thought of all the great things I was now going to do right.  
     
    Well, I did not accomplish much since last year.  At least not as much as I had wanted to.  Even though I am in a better position this year I feel somehow sorely inadequate. I am still going to apply this year, sure.  
     
    Feeling lucky.  
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    Crucial BBQ got a reaction from NOWAYNOHOW in Freak Outs   
    Okay...was just curious.  But if it is that common in the U.S....just saying
     
    I sent an LOR request to a prof.  It was not until later in the day I realized I had addressed the email with the name of a different prof. 
     
    Earlier in the year I kept referring to a POI as Brian before I realized her name was Brianna. She never said one word about it and I just quietly corrected the mistake. I spoke with her on the phone last week and it never came up.  
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    Crucial BBQ got a reaction from ssynny in Second Chances   
    This is going to be my second time.  I was not too bummed out after I had received my final rejection letter, actually I found it rather comical.  I thought I did everything right from day one but in the end realized I made many mistakes.   I went into it blind, that is no help from an academic advisor, family member, etc. but I thought I knew everything.  I was more humbled than bummed and thought of all the great things I was now going to do right.  
     
    Well, I did not accomplish much since last year.  At least not as much as I had wanted to.  Even though I am in a better position this year I feel somehow sorely inadequate. I am still going to apply this year, sure.  
     
    Feeling lucky.  
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