What have you guys been doing recently? I still have classes and research, but cannot get focused at all.
Was here last year. So I just heard some bad news from a friend (ah..Stanford) and realized a lot of you guys might be in a similar situation.
What I learnt from my application is that it is really noisy. I got into one of my dream schools but rejected by almost 80% of my list, a lot of them are much lower ranked. One (early) rejection really means nothing. I know the process and waiting are annoying and stressful, but just try not to refresh gradcafe every 10 mins (which I really did last year). Exercise, have some healthy foods, hang out with friends and try to enjoy it, and enjoy the "camaraderie" you share with other fellow applicants. It maybe hard to do so during the process, but for me retrospectively I think this experience was a good opportunity to contemplate and think about what I want.
Hope you all best luck!
I'm somewhat glad to be done with undergrad - no classes or theses to worry about for me!
I've just leaned in a bit at work and increased my (outside of work) alcohol consumption by about 50%. Seems to be working fairly well, though the number of times per day I reload GradCafe would seem to contradict that...
This is so fun! Maybe we can name this "undergrad post-application syndrome" --> dumber and fewer classes + undergrad thesis + RAing + NOT REALLY WORKING AT ALL. I hit all of the above! I haven't tried alcohol (maybe I should), but binge eating certainly does not help much.
Out of interest when are you all realistically expecting to get the bulk of your responses? I’m working on the idea that I’ll have heard from at least a couple of places by the middle of February (within the next 3 weeks I guess), and from most places by the middle of March... is that similar to your expectations or does anyone know any different?
You can just check gradecafe's post from last year. On gradcafe, search for "economics cornell" if you're looking up places for Cornell, for example. Just look at when the bulk of admits and rejects happen. Cornell for example, had bunch of admits on 7th and 8th Feb last cycle, with the second round of offers coming in mid-March, so it's realistic to expect something similar this year.
Penn State is among the earliest. Most offers came in from 30th Jan to 7th Feb last cycle. UNC Chapel Hill is ~6th/7th Feb.
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