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Getting off the Waitlist

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I'm waitlisted at my top choice program. I had a call with a professor on Friday and it went very well, apart from my lack asking any meaningful questions. The professor started the call by telling me what I pretty much already knew--that they had done their first round of acceptances, that I was waitlisted, and would need to wait until people start either accepting or declining offers on April 15th to get an idea if I'd be accepted or not.

Then he asked about my research interests, which I described briefly, including a potential topic I'd like to investigate. The topic aligned really well with a project that the professor just gained involvement recently, which apparently was after he looked through applications. We talked a bit about how this particular area has a lot of open questions that need to be solved soon. It sounds like I might be getting an acceptance. He emailed me a bit after the phone call ended, saying he had sent a message to the admissions committee. He also told me to feel free to ask any questions that come up.

So, I've got a few questions in mind now. A few of the school's current grad students mention in their personal pages that they work with multiple professors, in some cases on fairly dissimilar studies. At this point, would it be fine for me to ask the professor if working in two separate labs would help out with funding? There's another topic I could pursue with another professor, but it's not 100% what my passion is. I'm also thinking about asking if he would recommend me taking a summer course at my original undergrad school, which I may need to do anyway.

Should I even send these questions at this point? Or just wait and see what happens? This is the only school I've heard from, with no response from four others. I'd dearly like to go to this school, so I want to do whatever I can do to maximize my chances.

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I was accepted to my first choice off the waitlist. As soon as I got the waitlist decision, I emailed the graduate coordinator to schedule a campus tour. She got back to me and said the pd would be meeting me that day for an interview. Got admitted shortly after the interview. I know that's a bit of an unorthodox way but hopefully can give some of you hope!

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Is anyone still waiting for responses?
I applied to seven, got rejected by three and I'm waiting on responses by four others, one of which is my top school. The waiting game is seriously eating at my nerves and in my head I've already taken for granted that I'll be applying next fall...

Sorry about the downer! Hope I get some good news soon...

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