So, I'm trying to process the feelings from not getting accepted for the PhD project I applied for a while back. And it's just unfair. They've recruited people with no publication and less GPA than me. I also doubt any of them would be field-wise more relevant than me tbh. (Wouldn't be surprised if they hired MBA grads) I have all the relevant qualifications that even people working on that project do not have. I could easily get this project going beyond what they are doing with it rn. It's unfair. But it's life. And life goes on.

Am I angry? Yes. Am I disappointed, also yes. They didn't give me any alternative offers either. So I am going to steal the project and finish it so they have to throw all the money they've invested in the toilet.

... If only I wasn't depressed and could bring myself to apply elsewhere again. 🙄

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    I am so sorry. This just sucks. I don't know anything about university politics so I cannot offer any help.
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    @Demolishun I appreciate it anyways. I'm hoping life has better plans for me tbh.
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    I'm very sorry to hear this. Politics can be such a pain in the ass.

    My only advice, don't get mad, don't get sad, just get even. The only way to do that is to apply to more projects and force your way into their inner circles. Bite and scrape and claw your way into their good graces and once you get what you wanted from them, discard them like the trash they are.
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    @NoMad what @sariel said - I'd have suggested slapping people with a chair, but his suggestions are better.
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    Was their decision based on identity politics of any kind? Affirmative action and all that?
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    Fucking beat their ass. Steal the project!
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    Oh look, a cult of vengeance.

    Just move on dude, they didn't want you, so what? Their loss. Apply elsewhere to win.
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    Well that’s how life works, wait when you receive an opportunity, reject it and year later read that people who called you sold their business for millions, those are also funny.

    Now it’s best time to put that anger into something creative, become billionaire, found university building with your name and say fuck you during opening ceremony. xD
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    @vane That is what the founders of Berkley did.
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    Well fuck that sucks and fuck them.

    Would wish i could offer some new advice that hasnt been said yet.

    But for all it worth the only thing i can offer is support. From previous converstions and rants i have read, i am sure you would achive your goals at some point. Without telling some bullshit quote or something like that, life can be crazy and unpredictable sometimes, you never know if life could change for the better in day, week, month. At least the mindset have helped/helping me thought the shitty period of my life that started in mid 2020 and exploaded in late 2021.

    Anyway also grom some of the converstions i had with you on that dc server like a year ago inspired me to get slowly into ML this year, so i am grateful for that.
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    @sariel honestly, this might actually not be too bad. I had to spent 5-6 years in a small town if I got accepted. Now I can move on and do a PhD that takes 3 years and is in demand. In the end, I've applied for what I liked, got turned down, and now I'll just follow the path to richness. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Still, I am not closed to the idea of joining another lab for this project.
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    @stackodev no idea. Although, affirmative action would have helped me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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