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You know you've done it. You've seen something really nice, and perfect for you, with a price tag just a little outside of your reach. "Oh, I won't get that now," you say, "but I will when I get into _________!"

For example, I had dreams of medieval studies grad school for the last two years of my undergrad. I actually promised myself three things if I got into a program:

  • A CD set of Gregorian chant
  • An action figure of Pope Innocent III
  • A knotwork skull sculpture

When I got my consolation MA, I didn't feel like celebrating. I no longer worked at the store selling the chant, I wasn't down the street from the store that sold Innocent anymore, and my tastes had moved beyond a decorative skull. So I didn't get myself any of these things and, well, you know where last year's attempts went.

I'm not too much a believer in fate, but I am a believer that moving goals is a horrible morale sap; and a promise is a promise, even to yourself. I may not be near music or novelty shops any longer, but I have the internet! And I'm glad to say my tastes have fully returned to realize the awesomeness of a knotwork skull. So I will be making these purchases as soon as possible.

In the meanwhile, I had promised myself one of those art history mugs if I got into an art history program. Well, I didn't, but too bad, because yesterday - the last of my museum internship - I got one from the gift shop anyway. Now I've gotta get into a program, right?

And finally, I've promised myself a bottle of the finest 18-year-old Jameson whiskey for when that doctorate is mine. Now that's a promise I'll never break.

So, what are you going to treat yourself to when you get your results?

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A huge Nutella and a spoon. Until I choke to death. That is all.

I'm gonna treat myself to a nice night at home, completed with a blazing fire furnished by GRE vocabulary cards and crappy first statement drafts, some beer, and like 30 rounds of Mario Kart on my N64

48 hours of anxiety-free sleep.

We should all get action figures if we get admitted and then engage in a full on action-hero BATTLE. I call dibs on Sigmund Freud! XD

Should the day come that I receive an acceptance, I will be taking my close friends with me to my favorite tea shop and supplying everyone (including myself) with tea and cupcakes! I can't afford a huge dinner, but cupcakes and tea are just as good (if not better)!

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I don't have any tattoos but I do have a few electrical brands. I think I'm treating myself to a double helix brand on my upper arm after my first acceptance (if I get one). :D...and a book. A really good, long, must-read-with-coffee-and-a-fire book.

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as a vegetarian for so many years, i'm going to treat myself to a steak. it will be amazing.

Be careful -- my friend had a steak after 8 years of being a vegetarian, ate it too fast, and ended up getting sick from it!! Relish the steak. :P

If I get in, I'm buying two bottles of Veuve Cliquot (about $80 a pop) - one to bring to my friend's office (she's helped me soooo much with the application process), and one to bring home to celebrate with my mom.

If I don't get in, I'm buying two bottles of some hard liquor, and performing the same actions. :P

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Be careful -- my friend had a steak after 8 years of being a vegetarian, ate it too fast, and ended up getting sick from it!! Relish the steak. :P

If I get in, I'm buying two bottles of Veuve Cliquot (about $80 a pop) - one to bring to my friend's office (she's helped me soooo much with the application process), and one to bring home to celebrate with my mom.

If I don't get in, I'm buying two bottles of some hard liquor, and performing the same actions. :P

Hilarious, a similar performance will ensue in my neck of the woods.

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We should all get action figures if we get admitted and then engage in a full on action-hero BATTLE. I call dibs on Sigmund Freud! XD

My parents have a Freud action figure. Apparently you can buy them at the Freud Museum in London. Which, yes, exists. I would totally want an Innocent III action figure though. My friend got me one of the patron saint of hangovers, hopefully I'll put that to good use if I get in.

I haven't thought much about how I'll reward myself if I get in. . . I like the idea of getting a leather messenger bag. I would feel so fancy. Otherwise, hmmm. . .

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But these can be rewards OR consolation prizes! Great excuse to indulge, you'll need a present either way.

Well...

IDK. I suppose if I get in, I'll really splurge (if I can afford it by that point!) and get a nice Saddleback leather bag so I don't look like such a fifteen-year-old lugging by backpack around campus.

If I don't get in, I'll buy several bottles of Johnny Walker ...I don't know. I have a mental block about this. I can't think of anything I could possibly want more than to get into a good program and start researching. Let me get back to you.

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Hahahaha last year I did this! I said if I get in ANYWHERE I'd buy myself a Nintendo 3DS. I only was accepted to a master's I couldn't afford....but 6 months later (when the 3DS came down in price) I got one.

THIS YEAR if I matriculate into a PhD program I will upgrade to a smartphone, I think. I still have an old, beat-up flip phone that refuses to die. It's great at making calls and terrible at texting, which is okay because I hate texting (*old*) but I think I need the GPS feature as I get lost easily...everywhere....but I'm not sure. I think I'll stick to a pen/paper planner.

Also, I already have action figures of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Wagner (alas, they don't have Haydn or Debussy)

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