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42 minutes ago, Let'sAskThePhilostopher said:

Do you think it's of bad taste to decline a WL mentioning that you accepted an offer from a another program and mentioning that a factor in deciding was that they put their faith in you (by accepting you in the first place)?

Not sure whether it's bad taste or not but I fail to see why this piece of information should matter to the former program. 

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45 minutes ago, Let'sAskThePhilostopher said:

Do you think it's of bad taste to decline a WL mentioning that you accepted an offer from a another program and mentioning that a factor in deciding was that they put their faith in you (by accepting you in the first place)?

Seems like an unfair thing to say, given the other factors at play in admissions. Either way, what purpose would it serve?

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1 hour ago, Let'sAskThePhilostopher said:

Do you think it's of bad taste to decline a WL mentioning that you accepted an offer from a another program and mentioning that a factor in deciding was that they put their faith in you (by accepting you in the first place)?

yes, philosophy is a small world, best not to start out in it by making these kinds of remarks to folks.

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1 hour ago, Let'sAskThePhilostopher said:

Do you think it's of bad taste to decline a WL mentioning that you accepted an offer from a another program and mentioning that a factor in deciding was that they put their faith in you (by accepting you in the first place)?

Generally, I would say to keep your declines/withdrawals short and sweet. Say you're not going, say something nice about a part of the program that impressed you or how close the decision was, and wish them the best. You can always say more if they ask, though you should think carefully about how candid you want to be.

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On 4/9/2016 at 11:31 AM, AgentScully said:

I have now declined UCSD and UCLA, so that I'm down to my second choice and my wait list choice going into this last week.

Hot potato! Got an email acceptance from UCLA just now. I will probably be turning it down within a day.

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10 hours ago, gughok said:

Hot potato! Got an email acceptance from UCLA just now. I will probably be turning it down within a day.

told you so! hah!

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1 hour ago, oddnumber said:

I have just declined Yale and MIT. They are both amazing places, so I hope this helps someone!

May I ask if you've made a decision about where you'll be going?

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Just declined Marquette (RAship + Partial Tuition Remission) and Florida State University (TAship + Full Tuition Remission). Hope this helps someone who needs it, lord knows it killed me to decline. Anyway, it's a Brandeis life for me.

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5 hours ago, oddnumber said:

Not yet - struggling to decide between NYU and Rutgers (the epitome of a first world problem...).

I've come to characterize my complaints about the difficulties of making my decision as being of the form:

"Look at my yacht! It's so large! I have so much cleaning to do!"

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4 minutes ago, Cecinestpasunphilosophe said:

I've come to characterize my complaints about the difficulties of making my decision as being of the form:

"Look at my yacht! It's so large! I have so much cleaning to do!"

Haha I like that way of putting it! Where do you think you'll go?

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22 minutes ago, oddnumber said:

Haha I like that way of putting it! Where do you think you'll go?

I wish I thought I would go somewhere. I really feel torn between Chicago, Princeton, and Stanford at this point. And I have no idea how I'll manage to make up my mind by Friday.

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50 minutes ago, philosophe said:

I'll be declining my offers at UCSB and Arizona by the end of the day! Hope this helps people :)

Just out of curiosity, what made you prefer Indiana over Arizona? I had considered both those schools and I remember the placement record of the latter standing out to me. Is it mostly about AOI? 

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4 minutes ago, metapsychic said:

Just out of curiosity, what made you prefer Indiana over Arizona? I had considered both those schools and I remember the placement record of the latter standing out to me. Is it mostly about AOI? 

Placement is much better at Arizona, but a few things made the difference for me: The grad students there have a very heavy workload. They teach 3 sections for all years except for one fellowship semester, up to 75 students (grading for them as well). All that while they're supposed to be doing their own work. That seems like way too much for me, I value my time. Second, the main person I want to work with is considering an offer elsewhere, and as late as yesterday told me he wasn't sure if he was staying or leaving. That leaves only one person in my area of interest, and that's putting a lot of eggs in one basket. Third, they've been jerking me around a lot, (initially guaranteeing one fellowship semester, then saying that will only be the case if I accepted asap) and that seems disrespectful and like a potential red flag. I also am not a fan of the desert climate. Hope that helps to clarify! 

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Got a, "We're gonna offer you a slot if you're in a position to accept our offer" type email from Fordham yesterday. I don't even want to open that can of worms, so I'm declining it outright. Nothing against Fordham, but it's crunch time and I'm really drained. I just want to devote my time to Trump memes now. Today, declining Stony Brook, even though I loved them. 

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7 minutes ago, philosophe said:

Placement is much better at Arizona, but a few things made the difference for me: The grad students there have a very heavy workload. They teach 3 sections for all years except for one fellowship semester, up to 75 students (grading for them as well). All that while they're supposed to be doing their own work. That seems like way too much for me, I value my time. Second, the main person I want to work with is considering an offer elsewhere, and as late as yesterday told me he wasn't sure if he was staying or leaving. That leaves only one person in my area of interest, and that's putting a lot of eggs in one basket. Third, they've been jerking me around a lot, (initially guaranteeing one fellowship semester, then saying that will only be the case if I accepted asap) and that seems disrespectful and like a potential red flag. I also am not a fan of that climate. Hope that helps to clarify! 

Yeah, definitely, thanks for the response. I understand there's a lot of factors going into this decision and I appreciate hearing how others are approaching it. 

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