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Ein kleines Updaetchen

There isn't much new to report here, except for the fact that I've been so excited about grad schools this week that I completely sloughed off on my tutorial essay I ought to have been preparing for review; after sixth week, faculty can no longer see our work until they grade it, which means that having even a very rough draft done before then can be helpful--at least in terms of delimiting the boundaries of the essay, which is only 7,000 words (max) and therefore quite constricting. Last term I didn't show Vincent anything beforehand and still managed to make the average mark necessary for Distinction, and I've never been quite capable of writing something I felt at all comfortable with until after I do ten times the amount of reading necessary for the essay in the first place, which is almost impossible to have done by this point. I just don't feel as though I can begin writing until I know exactly what Holes of Unoriginality or Pitfalls of Cliche I need to avoid.

So, Harvard apparently notified last night, and I didn't get an email. This is fine by me... although originally I was pretty keen on going there, after hearing some things bad (like the excessive amount of teaching they require grad students to do, creating a much longer time to degree) as well as some things good (it's supposedly the best university to study at... in the entire world), I'm perfectly fine with not getting in. I never thought I was a particularly outstanding candidate or even a great fit in their program, and after being accepted to UPenn, I, frankly, don't care at all. It would have been nice, actually, to be able to turn down the big H.


So, the tally to now is:

Columbia: No news yet
Cornell: In
Harvard: Implicit Rejection
Notre Dame: Implicit Rejection
NYU: No news yet; I don't want to go there now
UMich: In
UPenn: In
UVa: Implicit Rejection; they don't have my mich transcript (how? dunno)

I am reiterating most of this information because I am so excessively pleased and surprised by the outcome. I will sit and rest on my laurels for no more than two more days, and then I will work like a fiend to kick butt on my two essays this term.

Ok, ostensibly, I'm off to the Bod now.

But first, I need to get dressed.


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Feb. 26th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
eee! the bod!
sigh, oxford. you lucky thing.

just wanted to say congratulations on all the acceptances! (i do love how they're in alpha order.)

i'm still waiting on a couple of those remaining schools, too.. but seriously, after penn's nod, and after reading and rereading their website, feel like i would be quite content in philly. (yet still for some reason i wait.)
Feb. 26th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
Re: eee! the bod!
haha! I had to alphabetize. ANYWAY... thanks so much, and I see that you've been really successful, too, so I ought to congratulate you, as well!

I'm waiting on Columbia just because... it's NYC... and a good program. Maybe it's just greedy of me at this point, but at the very least it would be nice to have another pat on the back...
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Feb. 28th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
I am planning on visiting Cornell. I haven't finalized any dates, but I'll probably go at the beginning of April, since I'm busy other places until then. I think that a 2-day visit is average, with three days (for some schools) if there are actual planned events like lectures and parties to go to. Since Cornell is more laid-back, I think I'll go for a couple.
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Feb. 28th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, right. I understand! Where else are you visiting, if you don't mind me asking?
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