emilyrobot Posted January 7, 2012 Share Posted January 7, 2012 Hey folks, I'm just looking for some feedback here. I'm currently applying to PhD programs for fall of 2012. I've only applied to two programs, both highly ranked in my (somewhat small) subfield, both programs I think I'd be a good match for, both programs I'd be thrilled to attend. Things are going pretty well, and I'm excited about this process. Here's the "problem": professors from school A got in contact with me while my application was still in progress (not officially submitted). Their responses to me have been really positive, everyone has been really kind and there's talk of invitations to a recruitment weekend and extra fellowships above and beyond their normal funding offers (just that I'll be nominated for them, nothing official). That's great, and I'm super excited. I've heard nothing at all from school B, but school B's application deadline was just this past Thursday. Now, maybe school B just isn't that excited about me, and that would be OK (not everyone is a good match for every program), but maybe their process is just different and I'll hear from them eventually. So far, I've been trying to keep myself from getting too wrapped up, emotionally, in my excitement about school A, so if school B does end up being interested in me, I'd still be in a good place to evaluate their program at least somewhat neutrally. I'm afraid if I let myself feel too committed to school A this early, I won't be able to really "hear" any of the positives about school B. But that restraint is getting harder and harder to maintain as things keep going so well with school A. I'm genuinely psyched about school A. I'm also genuinely psyched about having this ambiguity be over, so I can start thinking about where I'll be living next year and really start planning in earnest. My questions are these: should I keep trying to keep an open mind? If so, how? I'd almost prefer, at this point, to just never hear back from school B, so my decision is made for me, but making a decision like that this early seems crazy. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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