(Closed) Just REJECT me already! UGH! (NWR, grad school)

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I work in graduate admissions. Let me tell you that we have TONS of open space by the time falls around. We end up admitting at least 10 more students from our waitlist pool starting in around May. 

Keep your head up! 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Don’t worry and keep your head high! I weas a very distant alternate for my nursing class this past august and got in! Good luck!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hang in there!  The whole application process can be frustrating.  Right after college, I applied to some very selective Masters programs and was not accepted two years in a row.  I decided to apply for a different program and started that program this summer.

Just try to get as much experience as possible in a related field. I worked for 4 years before going back to school and the experience has been invaluable.  I feel that I have an advantage over others who are right out of undergrad.  Plus, once you graduate you will have lots to add to your resume!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

aww i’m sorry, but don’t give up hope yet! the waiting list for grad program isn’t necessarily a dead end. have you been talking to professors in the dept you’re applying to, or just the admissions office? in my phd program, the profs actually have the most say–what’s most important in my field is if your research interests are a good “fit” with the faculty, especially with your advisor. if they know that this is your top/only choice, that can also boost you up on the wait list since they know you’ll say yes

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Hang in there! Because as depressing as this is going to sound…. grad school itself is FULL of rejection. I’m finally completing my PhD this year, and with round after round of journal rejection before publication, grant application rejection, scholarship rejection etc… you need to build up some serious resilience! Lol. Smile and tell yourself that this is only the beginning, and you can and will do it! 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I know a LOT of people who got into grad school from wait lists/alternate lists. Don’t lose hope.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

@MrsNerdy:  No worries, if you are trying to get a phd rejection is something youll learn to take in stride (though you seem to have already learned this). I say pick some other field that will allow you to do the same thing and apply.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I know multiple people who got in off waitlists that went on to do great things in PhD programs….but as @subtlebee said, rejection is sort of part of the package with doctoral degrees lol, I remember once reading a piece of advice like “if you’re not constantly feeling stupid or confused or like there are a lot of unanswered questions, you’re probably not doing interesting enough things”–keep on challenging yourself!

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