Feb 22, 2008, 8:47 PM
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Thanks, cellularsoup, for the extra insight! This process is so bizarre -- the tiniest bits of information feel comforting somehow. :) And congrats on the acceptance!
Re: [cellularsoup] UMASS Rejection Letters?
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While I'm typing, I wanted to echo zwilson20's comments -- of course I am irrationally and insanely jealous of the folks who have the good fortune to be facing a choice between excellent programs. But I'm trying really hard to keep reminding myself that jealousy is pretty irrational and insane. :) Besides, being petty and snarky accomplishes nothing except to create more awkwardness in a process that is already overwrought. So: congrats everyone!
[skip the soapboax if you're so inclined] It reminds me of the karmic debt I have for having attended one of those hard-to-get-into undergrad schools -- I rarely admit to where I went, because when I do people too often say, "Oh, you went to ____? I applied there but didn't get in." Seriously! What do you say to that? "Oh, I'm sorry?" Anyway, the only significant moral of that story is that I am too old to get comments like that and our mothers were absolutely right: ten or twenty years from now no one will care where you went to college/where you went to grad school/where your MFA is from. And really: isn't it great not to be 17 and going through this process? Applying to college was so much worse because I genuinely thought that my world would end if it didn't go my way. Objectively, the only thing that will happen if I don't get in this year is that I'll reapply next year. Meanwhile I'll keep working at a job that doesn't drive me nuts too much, living in a community that I love, and trying to write. I'm crushed!
And on a related note, that "letter to tense and worried people" is my new favorite thing in the world. Nice form.
(This post was edited by froggoddess on Feb 22, 2008, 8:48 PM)