Feb 28, 2006, 11:03 PM
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You know what? I'm in the same situation as you, except with a PhD program at Brown. Notification letters were dated February 17, EVERYTHING mailed by February 20, and I live in Cambridge--one state over from Rhode Island--and while others in the Boston area have gotten their rejection letters, I have gotten NOTHING.
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I was nervous about inquiring. Yesterday I e-mailed the program coordinator (an administrative type) who sent a very objective, sticking-to-the-facts, when the letter was sent, I should get it soon, sort of response.
Tonight on a bout of nerves-gone-wild, I guess, I sent a thoughtful e-mail to the program director wondering if I am somehow waitlisted (and making a case for him to accept me) and thanking him for considering my application if I really, truly am rejected.
He'll probably think I'm this overly girly, sappy, pathetic dorkus extraordinaire, but if I was rejected, then what do I have to lose? And if I *was* somehow (miraculously) wait listed, well, then maybe he wouldn't think I was some exquisite geek.
On my side--with my PhD applications--I have heard nothing from anyone. I know I won't get into Emory or NYU (since they have interviews and I was not asked for one--though I have been told that this is not an 'absolute guarantee' with NYU and I have been told that it is an absolute indication of acceptance), but those letters have not come. BU was kind enough to let me know a week and a half ago about never receiving my MFA program transcripts (those of you going to UF--it's a KICKASS program, and the English department is well organized, but really be on top of the registrar and student financial services offices to make sure they don't screw anything up), but they also told me to not expect to hear until the end of March.
(But with BU I will be stressing from, oh, about a week or so from now, as they have started sitting down to make decisions and--in the grand tradition of admissions--will most likely call the people they accept before sending out official notification)
And I still have my Stegner and Wisconsin fellowship applications out.
F*&$ I hope I get in somewhere! I'm nervous, though, and lately have been feeling inadequate in my credentials. Which, in the grand scheme of things, is most likely a big pile of dog-doo-doo to worry about, because though not the *most* traditional qualifications of someone applying to a PhD program (my master's is a writing-based one, I finished college in a very nontraditional way, etc.), they certainly are worthwhile (publications, have organized conferences, have presented at conferences, have been teaching in universities and nonprofits since finishing my MFA, blah blah blah) and add diversity.
OK I am done rambling now...