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Andean Pat

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    Andean Pat got a reaction from OCD or Perfection? in Think the GRE is useless? Think again.   
    What do you mean by "gifted"???? 
     
    I know plenty of very intelligent people who have dyslexia or attention disorders. They would make EXCELLENT graduate students, because of their extra hard work they put into things. WHy? because the world, including GRE is not prepared for them. And yet, they would crack your arguments. 
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    Andean Pat got a reaction from Cookie in Lessons Learned and Hagrid   
    Excellent! You've pretty much synthesized the whole thing! I completely agree with you!
     
    I've also learned that the application process is like getting married or looking for an apartment (if you allow me the comparison). It's like getting married because an acceptance feels like heaven and a rejection feels like someone is breaking your heart, especially if it comes from that school where you totally saw yourself. 
     
    It's also like looking for an apartment (I am more experienced on this field than the previous) because you ALWAYS, ALWAYS negotiate with yourself. You know what your perfect apartment should have, light, big closets, a fireplace, whatever. There are things that you will have to accept your perfect place does not have, things you negotiate with yourself (probably unconsciously). There is no such thing as THE perfect super perfect school: either you accept an Ivy-league with cold weather, or you accept a place with less funding, you name it. One needs to bear in mind that a decision implies letting something go and accepting the best option, with its pros and cons.
     
    Mind my comparisons, not everyone like them but it helped me to relax and, as Annieca said, meet what ever comes
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    Andean Pat reacted to viggosloof28 in Visit Day - What I Look Out For   
    Very helpful!  I'm going on my first admitted student visit next weekend, and will definitely be following your advice...especially re: keeping my questions handy.
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    Andean Pat got a reaction from viggosloof28 in Now that the Dust has Settled...   
    Missed you!!!!!!! I am truly happy you are going to UNC!!!! Congrats!!!!! 
     
    I applied to 5 schools, when the first two rejected me but the third one accepted me, then I know it was the place for me. School #4 is a top ten school but in NYC and, unlike you, do not want to live there. I already live in a big city, I do not want another one. I know, it is NYC! Anyway, they also rejected me ;( School #5, however, did not say anything yet but I have already accepted my sole offer: excellent funding, excellent ft, and lovely place to live.
     
    How do you know those specific rankings???? 
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    Andean Pat reacted to lafayette in Now that the Dust has Settled...   
    I was hoping you'd pick UNC! Awesome department, awesome choice. Congratulations on being ALL done with the application process. Now on to happy beginnings.
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    Andean Pat reacted to MissMoneyJenny in The Inconvenient Truth about the GRE - Part 2 - Some Evidence   
    All of your sources are older than 5 years old. I want newer proof please. 
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    Andean Pat reacted to Gwendolyn in Think the GRE is useless? Think again.   
    Many of the better programs in the humanities are doing away with the GRE.
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    Andean Pat got a reaction from Rabin7362 in And Decision Season has Begun!   
    Congrats!!!!!!!!! I know it must have been terrible to await for Berkeley's decision. UNC WANTS YOU. YOU. YOU. All the best for you!!!!!!!!!!! 
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    Andean Pat got a reaction from viggosloof28 in And Decision Season has Begun!   
    Congrats!!!!!!!!! I know it must have been terrible to await for Berkeley's decision. UNC WANTS YOU. YOU. YOU. All the best for you!!!!!!!!!!! 
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    Andean Pat got a reaction from viggosloof28 in The First Week Back in Classes   
    I have been on holidays since December 19th, so I feel more than relaxed, especially because my only contact with admission decisions stress is the computer. 
     
    I am visiting my parents thus lots of family time, friends, early wake up to watch the Australian Open, and sports. On Tuesday I am having my tonsils removed thus I figure that I am also "stressed" about the surgery, the first one in my life. 
     
    By mid-February I go back to work and the yearly rollercoaster starts again. When decisions arrive I will be immerse in a paper-writing and Easter break planning. 
     
    Glad you started off well! I am also a History applicant so you can imagine I follow this blog with particular interest
     
    All the best!
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    Andean Pat reacted to annieca in The Unexpected Benefits of Illness!   
    Hope you're feeling better soon!

    As for waiting and obsessively checking...I wasn't too too worried until I got my first acceptance. Now I'm like "Dude, X school accepted me, why can't YOU tell me the decision?" Needless to say, it isn't helping that one school's deadline isn't until tomorrow.

    Also waiting impatiently to hear about my summer plans. All in good time. In the mean time, I have my senior thesis to write. Second term starts for InterPol on the 30th, for everyone else (my history class) on the 4th. In the meantime I've got to take one exam and spend some time in Cardiff and Bath.

    Best of luck, feel better and keep us updated!
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