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NoMad
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PhD application saga:

So, the recommenders showed up. And one by one, the letters are rolling in. I am a little hopeful.

And also anxious since there's a mere 4% acceptance rate.

But now, we shall wait...

🐀
*Goes into hiding to anxiously binge-eat*

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  • 2
    @rutee07 cheese balls 😏
    And I'd share, only if you bring me snacks next time!🐀
  • 0
    20 applications and you should be good.
  • 2
    Don'tose hope, and work on te personal connections while you do it.

    It 90% personal connections, and 10% qualifications.
  • 0
    So what you mean to say is at a 4% acceptance rate you'll have to apply 20 times to have a 50% chance of acceptance.

    Make your own luck.
  • 1
    when I'm anxious about this kind of stuff i try to think about something else, que será será. it doesn't work for me, maybe it'll work for you 😂
  • 1
    While I applaud your academic achievements and truly wish you the best, I can't help but dislike the fact that earning a PHD seems to have very little to do with merit and more to do with the whims and likes of a group of boomers sitting down thinking if they can put their own biases out the window for a bit in order to grant you the honor of earning your doctorate.

    To me you seem intelligent enough, to a lot of people as well, just don't let it discourage you whatever happens, this is not a reflection of you, but a reflection of the boomers making the decision.
  • 0
    @rutee07 😏 I doubt you can get the second, so I'm content with the first.
  • 0
    @TheCommoner282 @Wisecrack
    Not how it works 😛 they get about 1000 applicants and about 40 places to fill each year.
  • 1
    @magicMirror as much as you're right, it seems super counterintuitive. I mean, academia was supposed to be the one place a lonely brainiac could live happily.
  • 1
    @darksideofyay doesn't work either. My future plans depend on this, and my future company, and the stakes couldn't be higher.
  • 1
    @AleCx04 yeah... If this doesn't catch, I'll have to make another uni invest in a similar project. I have a dream, and that dream is currently a running project so let's hope they let me in.
  • 1
    @NoMad nothing but my best wishes for you! you're gonna go far! and hopefully I will be able to ask for your input whenever I finish my masters degree and move on to the PHD. I have faith in you!

    ** puts hands to the sky to give you my ki
  • 0
    @AleCx04 same to you! May you create things that bring in "cash, cash, money" for you and goodies for others!
    ... and advance science for humankind and stuff 😜
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    Hoping for the best for you.
  • 0
    Any word yet?
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    @devphobe nope. Gotta wait till mid feb. I'll keep you posted. I don't have much confidence tho, so don't get your hopes up. 😜
  • 0
    @NoMad "you miss 100% the shots you don't take" is not simply a turn of phrase, it is the literal truth. There is any time you go for it, a not insignificant chance that you are approved, accepted, or gain what you're after purely as a fluke of luck.
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