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  1. It seems as if I always have one or the other tension unwilling to leave my mind. Now that I am done with the applications and just hoping to get a reply from the universities soon, thousands of fear pass my mind every day. Today is like every other day and the thing that has been troubling me is if it is really tough for international students to get admitted. I know that reputable schools care about diversity and also follow a non-discriminatory policy but still. 😓
  2. Hi all! I am sure I am not alone when it comes to feeling super anxious about waiting to hear back from schools after pressing that submit button. I know there is a Venting Thread, but I thought it would be nice to have a specific forum where people can talk about their worries while they wait. So, I am going to first talk about what I am worried about and then talk about what I am excited about if I get accepted in grad school. Worries: I feel like I don't have enough research experience under my belt, especially since I haven't done any research in the fields that I want do pursue my graduate degree in. My GRE scores are mediocre, so that scares me as well. I think the fact that I am taking a gap year and I am not currently doing anything "resume/cv worthy" right now will make me look lazy to the admission committees. I am also worried about paying for moving to grad school. I really hope I can get a retail job next year so I can start saving money for that. Also, I want to pay off my loans during grad school, even though I know I can defer them while in school. I just am tired of my interest accumulating. Excitement: Even though grad school will have plenty of hellish moments where I probably won't get enough sleep and be able to make meals for myself, I am ready to be back in school again. Despite the homework and stressful tests, I oddly like taking classes. I am even more excited to take graduate-level classes because I feel like I will be able to focus more on learning and less on getting an A on every single assignment. After doing that in undergrad and pretty much destroying my mental health, I am never going back to putting myself through that again. I am also ready to move to a new place and explore the area. Additionally, I can't wait to start researching something I am interested in. I am nervous that I might find out that I might not like it, but at least it will still be interesting enough that I can do it for 5-7 years. So, go ahead and just type away your worries about waiting, grad school, and anything else. Also, talk about what your excited about when it comes to grad school. I feel like doing both will make you feel slightly better.
  3. Anxiously Hopeful

    This application season I learned........

    Now that we are all done with the applications and waiting to hear back from the universities, let us share what we learned from this 2019 application cycle. If you ask me, this application season I learned……. 1) to keep my dear ones closer since they have this extraordinary power to strengthen me, 2) and that I should stop chasing perfection, be it the applications or relationships. This was more at the emotional level. Since I have not heard back from any university, I cannot answer about the dos and don’ts of applications.☺️
  4. Anxiously Hopeful

    The music therapy

    "Stay up on that rise Stay up on that rise and never come down Stay up on that rise Stay up on that rise and never come down Mama said don't give up, it's a little complicated All tied up, no more love and I'd hate to see you waiting They say it's all been done but they haven't seen the best of me So I got one more run and it's gonna be a sight to see.." -High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco. Which song is helping you brave the waiting period? 🎶
  5. Hello guys and gals! While I might be new here, I do know a thing or two about writing/blogging so here we go! Welcome to the abyss. Bet you didn't expect that welcome into darkness but there it is. The abyss is simple: here is where people, most likely people applying for grad school or any college, get to spend their time waiting, pondering over "what if"'s, and wallowing in self misery. This accounts for the entire time period where you, or someone you know, has finished applying to whatever program they are interested and are waiting to hear back on a decision. Me? I've been in the abyss for a month now and still have a while before I'm going to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. What can I say about it? Well, no matter what people try to sell you, it doesn't get any easier no matter what you do. I want you to know, however, that the abyss is different for everyone. In fact, think of it as your own personal educational h**l on earth. One you decided to jump into head first, might I add. The abyss can (and will) bring out the best and worst in you. During this time period, you will get to discover things you probably never even knew about yourself. For example, the fact that you now have anxiety and the fact that it'll probably just get worse as time goes on, as well as the fact that you mentally created scenarios in your head about being far away in the middle of nowhere, finally getting accepted into your dream program at your dream school, and then a fire breathing dragon appears, laughing at you, screeching how you're never going to amount to anything and then throws your pathetic self into the nearest fast food chain. Okay, so that last one may have been just me, but it represents everyone's worst grad school fear...sort of. Don't get me wrong, though. The abyss isn't all bad. I'm sure that you've read somewhere that doing research and getting ahead are great ways to pass the time. It's true! They are, plus anything you can do to get ahead in your field of study is obviously a bonus. However, if you're like me, then there will be that inkling in the back of your mind about what may happen if you aren't accepted and how everything you're doing now is a waste of time. Obviously, this would put a downer on your study habits, unless you have the mental capabilities of a steal trap, to which I say...aren't you lucky (with a slight bitterness in my online voice). Studying and research are obviously great ways to go, AND they might also help you decide what specialty you may want to travel on. Then, you have the option of going on a different route, one that I suggest you think about. The back-up plan. It's this point in the abyss that no one really likes to think about and we all wish would just disappear and never see the light of day again, but no matter what you do and no matter how hard you fight it, you have to think about it. What's worse than thinking about it? Being sure that you can actually follow through when/if the time comes. The BU plan can be almost anything you want it to be, just be sure to plan for a few contingencies that may occur along the way. If your BU plan is to do a different grad school, then try it out the first time and then while you're waiting in another abyss, create a different BU plan on a different path. Whether it is settling for a job you are slightly interested in to following a different dream, make sure it is something achievable. I know it's kind of harsh for me to say this, but it needs to be said. Better you read it for yourself than hear it in person from someone you love...or someone you hate if that's what is going to help you see the method to the madness. You may or may not have an idea on what you want you BU plan to be and that is perfectly fine! Just so long as you are in fact thinking about it. Like I said, the abyss is different for everyone. I just want you to know that you aren't alone in the darkness of despair and waiting. You have friends. You have family. You have me. So, let me hear from you. Your comments, questions, advice. Everything. Even if you just wanna say, "hi." This time frame isn't fun for anyone, but...it does have some slight perks. You just have to figure them out for yourself. Sincerely, K.
  6. Hi, My university has not yet sent the official acceptance letter because " My co-supervisors are still discussing about funding". What does this mean ? During the interview my PI mentioned that I will receive a " small" stipend, which may be low compared to some colleges but enough to survive in that region. She mentioned nothing about the tuition. Are they discussing about the stipend amount or the tuition amount ? If they are not going to offer me tuition then I will accept my second choice. I do not know how to politely email and ask about it either, I do not want to sound like I have got my sights on the funding alone and not the actual research. This is my top choice PhD program. any help will be much appreciated.
  7. MPhipps

    Portland State University

    I am still waiting to hear back from Portland State University for the fall of 2018. I applied for Health Management and Policy. I have waited roughly a month or so, I sent an email and I received an email stating I would hear by April 15th. Well, UMASS Amherst told me I have until April 15th to accept or decline their acceptance. Portland is my top school, the waiting is making me extremely tired.When should I send another email?Or should I just wait it out? Has anyone heard back from Portland? Has anyone been accepted into UMASS for their MPH?
  8. groundhog

    Desperate for an answer!

    Hi all, Apologies in advance for the rant/vent post. But its nearly 10 days from the April 15th deadline and I haven't heard ANYTHING from my top choice. Without going into too much detail, its an Ivy school and I applied for a PhD program back in December, got an Interview in January, waitlisted in February--and told that by the 15th of April I would have an answer. Fast forward to today and I have gotten nothing from them. I've emailed the assistant program director 5 times (also cc'd his assistant), then got so desperate that I emailed a program coordinator (who I know has no involvement in the admissions process) hoping that she could triage my email to the person in charge. I have gotten no email response, and my calls to the DGS have either been unanswered or they have told me to get in touch with my department for answers. At this point I'm not sure what to think of the process, I kind of feel offended tbh that they won't even acknowledge my emails, even if its to say that they are really busy with other stuff and will get back to me soon. I'm wondering if anyone else has had to deal with this before, and if so do you have any advice? At this point I'm starting to think that I'm rejected and they just forgot to notify me because my application slipped through the cracks---I mean is there any other reason that they would keep me hanging by a thread for so long?
  9. Pause

    Tired of waiting

    Hi everyone! I guess there are some of you who are in the same position as me and I just wanted to vent a little and maybe talk about it with some people who might be in the same spot. I applied to both Purdue and Pitt for the BME/BioE Ph.D. program. On April 10th or so I asked about the process and in both schools, they told me I'd have to wait for an answer after the April 15th deadline, before the 20th. Here I am, April 24th writing to you with no answers. I got rejected from UPenn and got invited to the masters of CMU (Since a prof. really liked my profile but didn't have the money to accept me), so I'm hoping in one of them I will get accepted since I cannot afford the Masters (By the way if any of you know of funding for a masters for international students I can apply to I'd be thankful). This waiting is even worse since I don't even know when will it end. I'm just hoping it is soon so I can finally live without the constant worry of the app. status. Congrats to all who have been accepted and hold on for those who are still waiting!
  10. The deadline to confirm my admission is the 1st of May, but I'm still waiting for UCI and USC to release their decisions? Should I email them, asking for my application status, or request them to let me know before May 1st? If I tell them it's because I need to get back to another university, will they be more likely to reject me because I already have a seat? I'm losing my mind waiting and I would really like to get into either of these school? Any advice is helpful!
  11. vickieyang0303

    What should I do...

    It's already past 4/15 and I haven't heard back from the program I applied for... I got an interview around March mid, yet, no news came back. What should I do... It's killing me to wait, and wait, and wait...
  12. soontobeslp2018

    Dreams about grad school

    Have any of you had dreams about grad school? I recently had one about a school I’m waitlisted at. In my dream I got an email from the program director saying I was accepted off the waitlist! Just to wake up and find out it wasn’t real. Anyone else have a similar experience?
  13. Is anyone else still waiting on hearing back from schools for a masters program? I have yet to hear back from U of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO for the mental health counseling program. Is this strange that it is almost the end of March and nothing is to be heard? I know PhD students have to be told by April 15th, but does that apply to master level students? Application deadline for UNC was December 1st. The interviews were 2/23 and now its 3/27.... what gives???? I am a nervous wreck and just hoping I am not alone.
  14. soontobeslp2018

    Why am I not getting chosen

    Well, I’ve gotten nothing but bad news. 2 rejections and 2 waitlists. Still waiting to hear from one program but even if I get in there I can’t attend. I’m just really defeated. There are some of my classmates who have gotten accepted to 3+ programs and I’m not getting in anywhere. I really don’t want to be the one person who gets in nowhere, that would be so embarrassing. Why am I not good enough? I don’t know how I’ll manage waiting a year to apply and maybe not even get in then. I’m just beyond stressed and worried. I can’t take the constant bad news. I feel like I just have a useless undergrad degree and don’t even feel like I have anything to celebrate when I graduate in May. And I know my parents are going to be sad for me, and that makes me even more upset.
  15. soontobeslp2018

    dealing with classmates

    For those of you who are waitlisted, how are you dealing with classmates who have been accepted and keep asking you about your plans? It seems like daily I get asked by classmates if I've been taken off the waitlist anywhere. I'm also starting to notice that I'm becoming more jealous of my classmates who have been accepted/ getting snippy with people who constantly ask me about it. I know I should be happy for my classmates, and I am, but I just wish people were a little more respectful of my privacy since they know I don't have good news yet. I just don't know what to do anymore
  16. soontobeslp2018

    can't focus

    Is anyone else having a hard time focusing on anything besides grad school stuff? The only options I have left are the two schools I'm waitlisted at and I won't hear back until the 15th. I usually don't have a hard time focusing on my class work but recently I've been procrastinating my work to look at my applications and researching my last two options. Any tips on how to ease the stress/ refocus on school?
  17. I know most of us have been waiting for what feels to be like eternity. I want to know what you do to divert your mind from thinking about this whole process? How do you keep yourself from refreshing your email for the hundredth time in over five minutes? Hopefully discussing about it might induce some calm.
  18. mos2494

    Positive signs from POI?

    Hi all, I wanted to get opinions on my situation and was hoping someone who has gone through a similar experience could help me! I contacted my POI mid February inquiring if POI was looking for any PhD students for Fall 2019. The deadline for the program I was interested in had already passed (Feb 1). We ended up having a really great conversation and my POI contacted me soon after our conversation to let me know that the deadline to apply for the program I was interested in had been extended to March 1st, and that he would be very interested in having me as his student this coming fall (fall 2018). I was really shocked, but decided to apply anyways. I had not planned on applying for any programs until the next season! About 2.5 weeks after I had applied I got an email from my POI saying that someone from the admissions committee had contacted him saying that there was a student that had applied that he might be interested in. The application they sent him was mine, and a hour later my POI sent me an article to read that involved the study ideas we talked about previously. It is now April, and while I know that I applied much later and not much time has passed, I'm still nervous and unsure when the admissions committee will make a final decision. I know that the program I applied to is based off rolling admissions. My question is: I am reading into this too much thinking that I have a shot at getting admitted despite applying late? Unfortunately, I have other options I need to commit to soon (possible promotion), and I'm worried that if I don't commit soon, I will lose my opportunity to get promoted. At the same time, I'm worried about accepting the promotion, but then receiving an acceptance from the program way later (since I have heard of some programs sending out late acceptances..is that rare?). Sorry this post is so long, I really appreciate any responses and input, even if it is a simple word of encouragement! Good luck to all still waiting to hear back!
  19. 2BSLP2B

    SLP in waiting

    Has anyone heard/know when we should hear from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Midwestern AZ and Midwestern IL? Thank you and good luck to everyone!
  20. FailureChinchilla

    No replies comp sci

    Anyone else still waiting on replies from University of Toronto for computer science (MScAc and research stream)? Also applied to Queens but nothing from there either.
  21. AnalisaG

    Notre Dame - Peace Studies

    Hello, Has anyone heard back from ND's Kroc Institute--specifically, the PhD program in Peace Studies and Political Science? Thanks!
  22. soontobeslp2018

    Losing patience

    All this waiting is driving me insane. I keep seeing so many people getting accepted to the same programs I applied to. I have yet to be accepted anywhere and and still waiting to hear back from programs even though others have gotten accepted. I’m starting to feel I’m going to be waitlisted and rejected everywhere. I’m not looking forward to going back to school and having professors and classmates ask where I’ve gotten in and telling them nowhere yet. Perhaps I’m jealous of those who have gotten into more than one program already but I’m so over waiting and not sure how I’m going to make it to April to find out if I’ve been accepted off any waitlists. It’s going to be so embarrassing if I don’t get in anywhere. Okay, rant over.
  23. anxiousss

    MPH Canada Cycle Fall 2017

    Let's share our experience for the Fall 2017 cycle!
  24. FutureSLP1212

    Is No News...Good News?

    I have applied to several graduate programs 10+, and so far I've only been wait-listed by one program. I haven't heard ANYTHING from the other programs. I am a little nervous because I see people posting acceptance/rejection results, and I have not heard anything. Do graduate programs wait to make decisions on certain applicants?
  25. exvat

    Treat Yo Self

    How's everybody treating themselves to good stuff during the waiting game? Food, drink, pampering, whatever. Let's hear it! I have been indulging in video games, good desserts (gelato!), and good beer to unwind from each (yet another) day of waiting on admissions decisions. And if I'm gonna go get a cappuccino anyway, I'm gonna spend the extra $1.50 to go get THE GOOD ONE.

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