Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Great Doctoral Degree Hunt: Part VII (Big News!)

I waited all of February to hear back from the two colleges that I applied to: Union Institute and University and Michigan State University. The pros for Union were that the program was Interdisciplinary, meaning my focus and final project wasn't limited, and I knew someone already in the program who gave me the inside scoop. The pros for MSU was that it was half the cost of Union (ugg the cost!) and not as many credit hours (it was also a great program- very widely known). I was really happy with my two choices and I was confident in my applications.

The bad news is that I did not get into MSU. In the rejection letter, they referenced my less than average GRE scores and my proposed research area. I contemplated taking the GRE again, but the thought of spending another 5 hours on the brink of insanity with a good chance that I could actually do worse on the second try has influenced my decision to accept the rejection and move on.
The great news is that I was accepted to Union! I sent in my residency deposit and I've been receiving loads of communication about the residency, program, upcoming webinars, and meet-n-greets from program personnel.  I am so excited to be part of this program and I can't wait for the residency over the Summer. I attended my first virtual session last week and everyone seems so nice and supportive.
Now that I've gotten past this hurdle, it's time to focus on my studies. Look for a new series that highlights my quest for scholarships and grants (NOT going so well!), my research, and my learnings.

Have you ever been rejected from a program you applied to? Did you reapply and get in or just accept the rejection? 

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