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  1. I'm starting grad school in the fall. I was an 'Apples' major in undergrad and I'm going on to study something like, 'Washington Apples and Grapes'. Just different enough to make me very scared. (I even have to take some undergrad courses in order to graduate -- that's how little I know.) I don't really know what to do about getting ready for school, but I'm going to contact the grad student administrator for some past syllabi over the summer.
  2. I appreciate the difficulty of your situation, especially when I read you have a family. Is your wife's job enough for your family to live on while you're in grad school? A stipend doesn't get you very far. How good are her benefits? How young are your children? These are all questions I am sure you are asking yourself. Like an above poster said, how much you enjoy your job is a consideration. I think for many people, grad school fulfills a long term goal, employment-wise, whereas a job with benefits now fulfills a short term goal -- basically staying alive in this economy. Grad school
  3. CONGRATULATIONS! Put a smile on my face before this long four day weekend of no emails.
  4. Thanks to everyone! Keep up hope. It's not over until the fat lady sings.
  5. Hilarious! There was something Jack Nicholson said in As Good As It Gets... something about when he tries to think like a woman, he does what a man would do, but he takes away all reason and accountability. I don't know if that's offensively funny because it's true or because it's so NOT true. But I like his delivery! Anyway, I think this is a fascinating discussion. OP, can you check back in with us?
  6. Normally, no. But I would try to hand write a card in your situation, as you're going to them again for more letters. I was in the 'gifts for my LOR professors' camp, but if it was inappropriate in my situation (if I didn't know one of them well), I would've gone with a card rather than an email. A card is just so much more thoughtful without being overwrought with emotion, methinks. BUT: When I gave my gifts out, I included a typed note. My handwriting is horrifying. Something to think about.
  7. If we are in the quiet study part of the library and I can HEAR the music coming out of your earphones... you need to turn that shit down. I will physically come over and tell you if you haven't noticed my death stare. Also, don't dance to the music.
  8. It was an email, nothing in it about an actual letter in the mail to come although I expect that it will. I have until May 16 to reply. Anyway, keep checking -- since other people have been admitted before me, I suspect they do a rolling thing. GOOD LUCK!

  9. Hey -- wanted to tell you that I got accepted into UofOttawa today. My infoweb account STILL has not been updated. Good luck! Rooting for you!

  10. I finally get to post on this forum! First admit. I was at work and doing something so inconsequential I can't even remember it -- probably filing my latest expense report. I saw my blackberry blinking and the source of the email was "artsgrad" and then I looked at the subject line: "OFFER OF ADMISSION." It happened so fast I didn't even have time of process it, I just opened the email automatically and saw the best word ever..."CONGRATULATIONS!". I celebrated by getting hives and throwing up in the bathroom. I'm not kidding. I had five twizzlers, an apple at lunch and two bottles of wa
  11. Want to share a bit of good news -- got into U of Ottawa today. Yes, it's LATE, but it can happen! Don't lose hope. Good luck everyone!
  12. Great story! Good luck to you. Hope you make it out of this alive; I can't imagine the state I'd be in. I imagine someone having to physically sit on me.
  13. Probably not, but I can't say I blame you. I'm speaking as somebody who's on the waitlist for her top choice, by the way. It would be absolutely crazy to accept your safety, give up your spot on the waitlist for your top choice, and then find out that there was significant movement on the waitlist and you COULD have gotten into your top choice and changed the next few years of your life -- or maybe your entire life, as reputation of your PhD school matters a lot in academic job-hunting. I don't know. This is a thorny question. But I will say this -- please don't stay on the waitlist for ano
  14. It's almost the end of the business day on April 15th! April 15th doesn't mean anything to me because I'm Canadian with applications in at only Canadian schools, but I'd love to hear your stories/ eleventh hour victories. Did you make it off the waitlist? Did you decide on where you'll be for the next 5 - 7 years of your life? Did it pass by with nary a whimper? These stories feed my soul, so please, share.
  15. The pertinent question here is: how long ago did your POI email you the bolded bit? If it's been a few weeks, I say ask, ask away, whichever question you wish to ask. Even if it's only been a week or so, I'd probably still email. It's not quite crunch time yet, but it will be soon -- I should think (hope) anyone involved with the PhD admissions process would understand that applicants need to know whatever information is available so they can plan their LIVES. I really think that worries about being the pesky applicant at this time are unfounded, so long as our emails or calls are polite an
  16. There are lots of applicants to Canadian schools still waiting here. To get the best answers, I'd name the school you're waiting for so people can respond. Don't lose heart! History shows (on the results board) that we don't get notified until April or May sometimes, and it has no bearing on our acceptance.
  17. Me three. I didn't realize a late February deadline would slow everything down. Everyone else around is either celebrating or down in the dumps, and I'm just staring off a precipice, waiting....waiting. Blargh.
  18. Not a whiskey drinker myself, but I've been eating a lot of jelly beans and chasing them with beer. (I've created beer-flavored jelly beans!) If I'd never known that American schools have an April 15th deadline, I think I would've been fine. I'm just sort of bitter about Canadians not having the same sort of agreement, but happy that most of the people on this forum will either be ecstatically happy or put out of their misery tomorrow.
  19. Bumping. Any other success stories? I'm sad.
  20. I agree with this too. Boundaries. Just wanted to share: when I was younger, I was doing a summer internship in my field and was incredibly attracted to my direct supervisor. It seemed that he returned the feelings, and many a fun time was had as we lightly flirted and talked. But I was in a relationship and never considered anything beyond flirting, even though he was incredibly attractive. Plus, he was ten years older than me, and while that wouldn't be a huge deterrent now, I was 19 at the time, so I was very technically a teenager. About a week before my internship was over he asked
  21. Just wanted to say congrats on UofT! I did my undergrad there and still live here -- great city. Any questions about the area, feel free to PM me.

  22. Chime. Triple Chime. This sounds like a pickle. I must say though, and I'm just using this as an example: have you ever seen a case of sexual harrassment when the harrassee tried to bring charges to the harrasser? (I'm not saying that it's like harrassment for you -- talking about harrassment cases in general.) I've seen it in my workplace, and I saw how tough it was for the harrassee to prove the case without an email or anything in writing. What I'm trying to say is that attraction is a lot like harrassment cases -- almost impossible to prove beyond a gut feeling. In your case, how sure
  23. Hmm. I'd call/email the schools. What if you did miss the letter? Stranger things have happened. I think it's best to confirm everything. Luck!
  24. Any Canadians out there want to start divulging?
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