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4 hours ago, trytostay said:

What’s everyone doing to say thank you to their letter writers?

I'm studying abroad in the country where 2 of my 3 letter writers came from so I'll probably bring back some food items that can only (easily) be found here. For the other letter writer, probably some tea or coffee from the region. In the humanities, tea and coffee is always a safe bet, right? 😉

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10 hours ago, trytostay said:

What’s everyone doing to say thank you to their letter writers?

Some gifts from my home country! Which I already gave when I left the States, so I just sent some emails stating my appreciation for everything they did again.

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10 hours ago, mandelbulb said:

some institutes have unwritten rules to make a very large attempt to take students who didn't spend undergrad time there. this is an across-field thing i think (i've heard of it happening in more than one field). so it might actually be because you studied abroad there that may have not counted in your favor. a friend of mine was almost rejected from her dream program because she'd spent time working with her POI, when you'd think that instead that'd make her a stronger candidate because she's already proven that she's capable of grad-level work, that they collaborate together well, that the fit is perfect. however, it doesn't look great to "take your own" and it also keeps thinking/scholarship a little insular. on the other hand, some programs love taking undergrads from the same school because they know exactly what they're getting :)

tl;dr fit is about so many things and often we don't even know half of it. we take shots in the dark at what programs will be the best fit, and sometimes we hit the target and sometimes we don't. all we can do is try to present ourselves as strong candidates and, if we don't hit the target, we just have to try again. persistence is necessary in this field.

My MA advisor who is on the adcom said the same thing. He specifically stated that, as much as the people there may like to work with me, they would automatically not consider any application from their MA students to avoid the program becoming too insular. This is specific to the program, however, so it definitely depends.

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6 minutes ago, trytostay said:

Waitlisted at Columbia. Damn, I must be bad at interviews ha. 

How'd you find out? Is the adcomm not only meeting today?   

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3 minutes ago, flungoutofspace said:

How'd you find out? Is the adcomm not only meeting today?   

I was told by my POI not to expect a decision until next week, but I got mine today via a non-personalized email. 

I filled out the form to be on the waitlist and it says: “We have received your response, and you have been placed on the waitlist. When the program's admissions committee completes its review, you will be notified of the final decision regarding your application.” 

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4 minutes ago, trytostay said:

I was told by my POI not to expect a decision until next week, but I got mine today via a non-personalized email. 

I filled out the form to be on the waitlist and it says: “We have received your response, and you have been placed on the waitlist. When the program's admissions committee completes its review, you will be notified of the final decision regarding your application.” 

Ah, I see some acceptances have been posted on the results board, so I presume I can chalk this up to another no for me... 

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Oh shoot Columbia's notifying :o No e-mail so far... Looks like another implied rejection. Not surprised there, the fit was very tenuous since my interests shifted towards poetics. Was my original dream program (and I would've been ecstatic at good news), but my interests changed from then and now, so Columbia and I are no longer super compatible. Now down to the last 2 programs whose rejections would actually crush me...

@trytostay You're slaying this app cycle omg. Congrats on the waitlists to very fabulous programs! I know the limbo is weird (I'm in one myself atm and it's a strange feeling), but your apps made a strong impression on them. It may not be an acceptance, but you're still in the running for them. It's definitely still a victory worth celebrating. I'm rooting for you :)

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Thank you @Ranmaag ! Certainly doesn't feel like I'm crushing it, but I know I'll end up where I'm supposed to be. Gotta trust the process in all of it's awfulness. It really does place people where they're supposed to be when it's all said and done. 

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2 minutes ago, eddyrynes said:

Can Rutgers, UPenn, and Brown make up their minds now already? 😂😂

Right!?!? The waiting is excruciating!

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7 minutes ago, eddyrynes said:

Congratulations to those who got acceptances today 😄👏

Can Rutgers, UPenn, and Brown make up their minds now already? 😂😂

very much seconding this! had both rutgers and upenn marked as possibly-today on my calendar and dared to imagine that i might know about all my schools by the end of the day! but no. that would be too easy. why know now when we could wait miserably forever?

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Didn't Rutgers just quietly release rejections on the portal with no notice last year? (I'm personally not counting on good news from Rutgers or Yale, just ready to finally hear from them lol.) 

At this point all I'm hoping for from the rest of this cycle is to turn my Columbia waitlist into an offer... But I also don't want my disappointment in being waitlisted to take away from the excitement those who were accepted are feeling. CONGRATS to all Columbia acceptances! You guys worked hard and deserve it. 

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Friends-- was Columbia a form acceptance? I.e. all acceptances sent out at the same time?

I'm becoming depressed. I had a POI there who literally proofed my writing sample and I have corresponded with occasionally since May. Not that I ever expect an acceptance-- but still, it hurts. 😭

 

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7 minutes ago, barshmie said:

Friends-- was Columbia a form acceptance? I.e. all acceptances sent out at the same time?

I'm becoming depressed. I had a POI there who literally proofed my writing sample and I have corresponded with occasionally since May. Not that I ever expect an acceptance-- but still, it hurts. 😭

 

Unfortunately, I believe it was. I am one of the accepted students and have already received the email providing more detail about the program, listing dates for the accepted students day, etc. I'm sorry that you didn't receive better news! If it's any consolation, they accepted fewer than 3.5% of applicants this year, so it's like winning the lottery / a complete crapshoot.

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2 minutes ago, 3131 said:

Unfortunately, I believe it was. I am one of the accepted students and have already received the email providing more detail about the program, listing dates for the accepted students day, etc. I'm sorry that you didn't receive better news! If it's any consolation, they accepted fewer than 3.5% of applicants this year, so it's like winning the lottery / a complete crapshoot.

You don't give yourself enough credit. I'm sure you're an amazing candidate.  I am so happy for you, I know you've had a good run this cycle. 

Thank you for responding, the limbo is worse than the pain of rejection. 

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congrats @3131 and the other columbia admits!! and @trytostay getting waitlisted is a very exciting outcome itself just on a numerical level, and you have offers from both NYU and UVA so as much as i know how disappointing it can be to not be straight out admitted to schools you have your heart set on, there is so much to be positive & excited about !!! 

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12 minutes ago, 3131 said:

If it's any consolation, they accepted fewer than 3.5% of applicants this year, so it's like winning the lottery / a complete crapshoot.

Seconding what @barshmie said: give yourself more credit. Own your awesomeness! 

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Just wanted to say thank you to everyone here. It seems like a lot of other boards are distinctly unsupportive and sometimes downright hostile. I’m proud of all of us for creating a supportive as hell community in a very trying time. Y’all rock!

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Hey everyone! Longtime lurker here. I only just found out about the forum and I honestly wish I'd been here from the beginning. Chatting with people in a similar purgatory state seems far more productive than refreshing the results page over and over.

Received an acceptance and my first rejection yesterday. I know I should be thrilled at the acceptance, but the rejection has honestly left me quite disappointed. Ugh. I wish we could learn why we were turned down though, though I'm sure that would not be of most emotional help either haha.

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6 hours ago, 3131 said:

Unfortunately, I believe it was. I am one of the accepted students and have already received the email providing more detail about the program, listing dates for the accepted students day, etc. I'm sorry that you didn't receive better news! If it's any consolation, they accepted fewer than 3.5% of applicants this year, so it's like winning the lottery / a complete crapshoot.

Hey, congrats! What a cycle for you. I read your post and the first thing that crossed my mind was, “Which one is s/he gonna choose?” I thought I might as well just ask. 

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