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Positive signs from POI?


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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! 

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I am confused: Why don't you just send an email to the professor or GSA/secretary? 

It seems like you two are familiar enough. If you don't feel that way, still ask someone involved in the department. That's just my pov though. I am a persistent and direct person. It never backfired on me when I was applying as well. 

Good luck

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30 minutes ago, waltzforzizi said:

I am confused: Why don't you just send an email to the professor or GSA/secretary? 

It seems like you two are familiar enough. If you don't feel that way, still ask someone involved in the department. That's just my pov though. I am a persistent and direct person. It never backfired on me when I was applying as well. 

Good luck

I failed to mention that when my POI emailed me that he had been contacted bc the admissions committee, it was because I had sent him an email explaining my situation and timeline on how I had other options (of course said in a more tactful way that was vague enough but clear) and how I needed to have a decision by early April. POI replied that since he got my application, at least I’m getting processed and am in the system. I plan to contact the office of admissions if I have not heard back by the end of this week. Does that clear things up a bit? 

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