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  1. I received an email today saying I was one of 30 finalists. *fingers crossed*
  2. I applied. I haven't heard anything though! I'm curious if anyone else has.
  3. Notre Dame has little excuse for their handling of applications this year. Truly abysmal.
  4. Is anyone else gathering that the cohort sizes are smaller than in previous years? I've heard that from a couple schools. Georgetown, for instance, admitted 9 PhD students.
  5. I'm trying to decide between two schools and the deciding factor will probably be the POI. They have both reached out to me (in fact, I'm talking to one on the phone tomorrow). I'll get the chance to meet them both when I visit campuses next month. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions about questions to ask, things to look for - what might make an advisor better than another one? Both POIs are highly connected, editors of fairly well-known journals, and often write in public forum, though one is probably more of a public figure than the other one. I wonder how highly I ought to rate
  6. Ugh. Rejected at Penn, even after the interview. Can't help but wonder what I did wrong.
  7. I get what you're saying here. No doubt that would be some consolation, but at the end of the day, a rejection is a rejection. I'm not sure if anything can soften the blow all that much.
  8. Congrats, Viggosloof! I'd give the Columbia form letter a good rating—maybe 4 out of 5. Impersonal, sure, but the genre necessitates that. It's nice to hear that they recognize the whole application process is fairly impersonal. Certainly better than Stanford, am I right?
  9. That's disappointing. Too bad.
  10. A very formulaic form letter, that one was. The rejection letter is a pretty boring genre, at least as far as graduate programs go.
  11. Penn acceptance just up. Hmmmm... I won't be checking my e-mail feverishly or anything.
  12. I'm excited about daily access to ridiculous op-eds written by undergraduates in the student paper.
  13. Indeed. Dun dun dunnn. I've been told we should know by the first week of March, but I'm really hoping it's earlier than that. But I'm not exactly up to speed on what a dean does with applications.
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