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2 hours ago, Bopie5 said:

I applied to grad school while working 2 jobs, taking a full courseload, having a student leadership position, having a second lead role in a play, and researching an independent senior honors thesis. I can't imagine how nice it would be to have a few months away from scholarship, and to not have school and other obligations pressing on me. Thanks for the encouragement--it's easy to feel like there's nothing other than the apps and decisions, and this makes me remember I have a life and value and a personhood outside of this.

I've been experiencing the exact same thing! The idea of not rushing through my thesis to get my official degree submitted to a school seems nice. Having another couple months to enjoy myself a bit more. 

I am not sure how, but somehow even with only two official responses it feels like a shutout, but nonetheless I think the forum's mood today is helping. Gotta always remember that the institutions are just that.

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just had my cambridge interview... feeling pretty brutalized hahaha but i also enjoyed it at the same time i think? as much as anyone can enjoy having their brain gently but methodically shredded over the phone?! 

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I'm stuck at work today but I decided to make a terrible mistake and check the USPS informed delivery online. There's A PIECE OF MAIL FROM A SCHOOL I HAVEN'T HEARD FROM. Sitting in my mailbox until 5pm EST... ?

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5 hours ago, Matthew3957 said:

I've been experiencing the exact same thing! The idea of not rushing through my thesis to get my official degree submitted to a school seems nice. Having another couple months to enjoy myself a bit more. 

I am not sure how, but somehow even with only two official responses it feels like a shutout, but nonetheless I think the forum's mood today is helping. Gotta always remember that the institutions are just that.

I've been feeling the same way with my two official responses. I like thinking about taking the time to apply next cycle! I've also been looking at buying some land and starting a little homestead farm situation. So, there's that. 

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24 minutes ago, jr246 said:

I haven't heard/seen anything from Minnesota…but I saw the rejections on the results page…any ideas?? It's one of my top choices. 

Right there with you!

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@Bopie5holy cow, I feel the same way. feel proud that you did ALL OF THAT and still apply to 59693 schools with (just my opinion, fwiw) a great sop and plan of study. my mental and physical health on top of work and full courseload were not optimum last semester but I feel like applying next cycle when I'll be working full time won't be fun but might be easier just being in new surroundings and older. fingers crossed for you either way!

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9 hours ago, Bopie5 said:

I applied to grad school while working 2 jobs, taking a full courseload, having a student leadership position, having a second lead role in a play, and researching an independent senior honors thesis. I can't imagine how nice it would be to have a few months away from scholarship, and to not have school and other obligations pressing on me. Thanks for the encouragement--it's easy to feel like there's nothing other than the apps and decisions, and this makes me remember I have a life and value and a personhood outside of this.

As everyone here is saying, this is very impressive. I also worked and did theatre in undergrad and can't imagine going through this process on top of all of that. We're all keeping our fingers crossed, but I'm happy to confirm that doing all of this stuff while working a full-time job that has nothing to do with academia actually makes it really fun—a nice return to what you love. And if you start early enough, it's never so much work in a day that you feel burned out.

And I would say the biggest plus is that completing a thesis will become one of the most important parts of your application. My thesis is the center of gravity of my entire SoP, a demonstration of both my previous research aptitude and the launch pad that I will use to expand my focus. And it gave me a writing sample that I feel really, really confident in. In many ways, applying as an undergrad puts you at a disadvantage.

I hope none of this is discouraging to hear. Everyone who's applying has a different path and none of us will be surprised if you land in a great program this cycle.

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Hi everyone, fellow English Lit applicant here! I just created an account to ask possibly the stupidest question:

I had no idea schools called you to notify of acceptance/conduct interviews. I thought that the phone number you give is just a formality. So my dumb self put down my American cell number. Now I'm in Germany visiting family and freaking out because my two top choices (Davis and Irvine) seem to be notifying by phone and of course they won't be able to reach me with my American number.

If they can't reach me by phone, will they reconsider their decision? I'm seriously going crazy rn. I have  a German cell, should I log in to the portals and see if I can give them my German number? 

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13 hours ago, jadeisokay said:

Chicago added a "decisions documents" folder at the bottom. i cried for "there is nothing posted"

Mine appeared last night and was still there around 6am, but now it's gone. Just reject me already, Chicago!!!!

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7 minutes ago, kitties said:

Hi everyone, fellow English Lit applicant here! I just created an account to ask possibly the stupidest question:

I had no idea schools called you to notify of acceptance/conduct interviews. I thought that the phone number you give is just a formality. So my dumb self put down my American cell number. Now I'm in Germany visiting family and freaking out because my two top choices (Davis and Irvine) seem to be notifying by phone and of course they won't be able to reach me with my American number.

If they can't reach me by phone, will they reconsider their decision? I'm seriously going crazy rn. I have  a German cell, should I log in to the portals and see if I can give them my German number? 

If they can't reach you by phone, I'm sure they will send you an email, not reconsider their decision!

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8 minutes ago, kitties said:

Hi everyone, fellow English Lit applicant here! I just created an account to ask possibly the stupidest question:

I had no idea schools called you to notify of acceptance/conduct interviews. I thought that the phone number you give is just a formality. So my dumb self put down my American cell number. Now I'm in Germany visiting family and freaking out because my two top choices (Davis and Irvine) seem to be notifying by phone and of course they won't be able to reach me with my American number.

If they can't reach me by phone, will they reconsider their decision? I'm seriously going crazy rn. I have  a German cell, should I log in to the portals and see if I can give them my German number? 

Do not worry! They will email you if they can't reach you by phone. 

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5 minutes ago, punctilious said:

If they can't reach you by phone, I'm sure they will send you an email, not reconsider their decision!

 

4 minutes ago, bardie said:

Do not worry! They will email you if they can't reach you by phone. 

 The logical part of my brain told myself that too haha. Thanks guys for calming my anxious mind!!

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There are two Brandeis rejections on the board... anyone want to claim them? I’m confused because my portal doesn’t say anything. And there aren’t any acceptances. What if I didn’t complete my application somehow or something...

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14 hours ago, jadeisokay said:

Chicago added a "decisions documents" folder at the bottom. i cried for "there is nothing posted"

My decision folder just disappeared today? It was there yesterday when I checked (but empty, of course) :( Anyone experiencing this?

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yep, mine vanished. I've had a medication problem the last few days so I've been extra emotional and this isn't helping.

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52 minutes ago, kitties said:

 

 The logical part of my brain told myself that too haha. Thanks guys for calming my anxious mind!!

I'm in an identical situation- I'm international and do not have an active phone line to receive calls on. I only put my american cell on applications because they were required fields. They will most definitely email you though, so do not fret. 

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2 hours ago, jr246 said:

I haven't heard/seen anything from Minnesota…but I saw the rejections on the results page…any ideas?? It's one of my top choices. 

They just sent me an email!

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2 hours ago, jadeisokay said:

holy cow, I feel the same way. feel proud that you did ALL OF THAT and still apply to 59693 schools with (just my opinion, fwiw) a great sop and plan of study. my mental and physical health on top of work and full courseload were not optimum last semester but I feel like applying next cycle when I'll be working full time won't be fun but might be easier just being in new surroundings and older. fingers crossed for you either way!

@jadeisokay That's true. When I got rejected from Stanford, one of my best pals said "I wanna throw you a party for even applying with the crazy semester you had. Someone at Stanford read an essay you wrote!" and that was encouraging. Same to you--you toughed it out through a really not ideal amount of stress and obligations last semester. Fingers crossed for you as well. We may be down but we're not out yet ☺️ Your research is compelling, specific, and significant, and I'm sure you'll end up somewhere great!

 

1 hour ago, dilby said:

As everyone here is saying, this is very impressive. I also worked and did theatre in undergrad and can't imagine going through this process on top of all of that. We're all keeping our fingers crossed, but I'm happy to confirm that doing all of this stuff while working a full-time job that has nothing to do with academia actually makes it really fun—a nice return to what you love. And if you start early enough, it's never so much work in a day that you feel burned out.

And I would say the biggest plus is that completing a thesis will become one of the most important parts of your application. My thesis is the center of gravity of my entire SoP, a demonstration of both my previous research aptitude and the launch pad that I will use to expand my focus. And it gave me a writing sample that I feel really, really confident in. In many ways, applying as an undergrad puts you at a disadvantage.

I hope none of this is discouraging to hear. Everyone who's applying has a different path and none of us will be surprised if you land in a great program this cycle.

This post sparks joy! Thank you ☺️I think I need to reframe how I'm thinking about this. Just surviving the last six months was an accomplishment. None of this is discouraging--in fact, it's very encouraging, both about this cycle and about what the next might be like. I was thinking that even without having submitted my papers to journals yet, if I were to apply again, my CV next year will have the added elements of 3 poetry publications, 2 conferences, 1 guest lecture, and a TA position; my SoP will be clearer and more specific, with a more meaningful sense of the topography of my plan of study. Hoping for good things for you this cycle--I'd be shocked if you didn't get into a great program.

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1 hour ago, jadeisokay said:

yep, mine vanished. I've had a medication problem the last few days so I've been extra emotional and this isn't helping.

Sorry to hear that. From what I've heard UChicago has always been a mess when it comes to the way they handle all these applications, but this information probably does not help the situation :( 

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Got my Chicago rejection! Time to start pinning my hopes on Stanford >:)

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