booksareneat Posted February 27, 2009 Share Posted February 27, 2009 This perfect storm does not star George Clooney or Mark Wahlberg. Rather, does anyone else get the impression that our fantastic economic breakdown is going to make this year's applications a wash for many very smart people? It seems like applications are up (do Wisconsin and Washington always get 500-600 applicants) because the job market is crap and if you get funding then you at least have some sort of employment for 5 years. In addition, schools like Brandeis put their endowments on the 6th horse in the 5th race (I think her name was Chips Ahoy!) and now they realize they can only let in half the students with funding. Loyola Chicago is offering funding to 6 students (6!). I don't care how confident I am with my application materials, I think whether I get into a program or not is based on some sort of cosmic deity who has not yet been discovered and for whom there is no religion (but you can bet I'll find that religion and beat you bastards to it). My consolation as I wait to hear from schools is that it's not me, it's the economic climate, but that isn't the sort of consolation that makes you feel better. It's the sort of consolation that makes you want to give in and work for the CIA, because, seriously, it has to be easier to become a spy than it is to become an adjunct professor of contemporary literature at a branch campus of some midwestern state college. Ugh. I feel better. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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