||[Jan. 8th, 2007|11:28 pm]
Discipula sum, literata ero... Ergo studere ibo.
So I got all my US and Canadian applications ready to go and out by the end of the year (except Yale, which I'd sent off before Christmas, since it was due in January 2, and I didn't want to push that particular deadline too much). I came back to the UK a few days ago feeling pretty good about it -- not that I feel any more confident about getting in (who does?), but just pleasantly dreamy thinking about not having to worry about the damn things anymore.|
Of course, I get an e-mail from Toronto saying I missed signing one particular line on one particular form and so it needs to be resent. And of course it's not something I can quickly e-mail to my mother and have her send it from America, where it should get there by the January 15th deadline. Nooooo... I have to print it, try to figure out where I was supposed to sign it and didn't, and run to the post office first thing in the morning. In the morning when I really, really, really need to be working on an essay that's due in on Monday, I might add.
Yes, of course, this is 100% my fault. But it's still frustrating.
If I send it by the highest priority they'll let me pay for, however, on the 9th of January, it had better get there by the 15th.
And I sent an e-mail to Toronto explaining why it might be a bit late, and basically begging them to consider it anyway. Hoping for the best... After all, everything else is there.
Yale has everything except my GRE scores. I've had those re-sent, as well, but that's a much simpler process.
Don't know about any of the others. Cambridge and Leeds I tackle after next Tuesday, when that essay's in.
Yep, I'm back home. And things aren't nearly as settled as I'd hoped they might be.
But at least those applications are sent. They know I'm interested; they know I've tried to send things. I'm sure other problems will crop up; regardless of the time I spent trying to make sure every single line was filled in, every box was ticked, everything was in the right order and listed on the cover sheet... I knew little things would pop up. It wouldn't be college applications if they didn't, now would it?
Well, with my Toronto application (granted, for the history department, not the centre for Medieval Studies), I didn't get one of my letters of recommendation in time, because there is no overnight courier service to my part of the continent. I called, and they accepted it late, although my recommender had to fax them a copy while they waited for the hard copy to get to me so I could get it to them. So maybe you can arrange something like that? I'm sure my letter didn't get there by the deadline, but that way at least they had a copy and knew it was written and coming.
Ah, good, that makes me feel better -- they have the form they need, all nicely filled out, it's just not signed. So that should hopefully suffice. A copy is there, another is on its way.
Keep your fingers crossed that "overnight priority" or "two-day priority" or whatever they offer us at the post office actually works...
Oh, I think it actually does. All the stuff I sent arrived when the nice people at Canada Post (who got to know me rather well despite the fact that I was only sending out two applications) said it would - it's just that I'd send something overnight courier on say, Wednesday, and they'd be like "yup, that will get there Friday, and if not, Monday at the latest." My problem was that my one recommender actually counted on overnight courier being overnight, which it's not, when Vernon is involved - and, you know, the small matter of doing my applications the week before they were due.
Oh, I absolutely do NOT miss this process. But I was glad that I sent all of my stuff off together before the earliest deadline of the schools I applied to.
But I hope you had a great holiday season and hope your application process goes successfully!
What, people don't miss this stuff? But it's like... like... like having one big party (guess that would be taking the GRE -- oh, what a joyous occasion! :-S), and dealing with the hangover the next day for months on end!
I'm in a strange mood this... well, it feels like morning, but it's afternoon. ;-)
I'm impressed by the number of applications you're doing! I managed my Cambridge one and I'm still working on UCL and UEA (although I'm not as worried about that). I just can't work up the energy.
How many places are you applying to? I just wanted to get the American/Canadian ones done while I was on that particular continent -- I don't trust transatlantic post at all.
Plus, once they're done, I can quit worrying about them. (Read: "Continue giving myself the beginnings of ulcers, now because I'm worried I won't get in anywhere rather than worried I won't fill out the forms correctly.")
I'm only doing three: Cambridge, UCL, and UEA. It's my compromise with my mother, who wants me to put off grad school and get a job next year. I'm also applying to Teach for America.
Transatlantic post is ok (I used it) but it costs an arm and a leg. I paid almost $100 to mail both packets to Cambridge. I'm doing UCL's application on-line.
That sounds like a very sensible plan -- filling out 7 applications is a nightmare; I don't know how people keep their sanity when they're doing 15 or 20. (Or maybe they don't. That would explain applying to 15 or 20 places.)
Teach for America looks awesome -- I thought very seriously about applying for that as well; I thought the South Dakota placement looked interesting. I know someone who did the NYC Teaching Fellows program a couple of years ago, and he liked it so much he wound up staying in New York to teach math at a small, elite performing arts school. How cool is that? (Except, you know, the math part.) Any idea where you might want to go if you did that? The Mississippi Delta is worth looking into, if you can stand the heat -- it's not nearly as much of a dump as it used to be; there's a lot of up-and-coming commerce and cultural kinds of things down there, and it's not a bad place to be. People are working very hard to move beyond the kinds of things that were going on 40 or 50 years ago. My parents moved there about a year and a half ago, so I've spent some time there since then. It's an interesting place to be right now.
Ramble, ramble, ramble...