Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Seriously?

This is not going well. 

Just got my rejection email from grad school program choice #2. I keep telling myself that if it's meant to be, it will be. But goddamn does this suck. 

11 comments:

PhizzleDizzle said...

Oh JLK, I'm sorry. It does suck, and I'm sorry :(.

Juniper Shoemaker said...

I'm sorry, JLK.

JLK said...

Thanks, guys. The worst part is I know I'm not going to get into program #3 either - the faculty interest match just wasn't nearly as strong.

Time to start considering back-up plans.

Psych Post Doc said...

I'm so sorry. That really does suck.

Becca said...

Awww. They don't know what they're missing ;-)
So anyway, I'm a properly-bitter/jaded fifth year, so I don't say this very much but I think grad school might be a great option for you. You have a lot of passion, and (compared to a lot of entering grad students) a lot of direction and focus. But trust me, time off before grad school can never be a bad thing. It increases your chances to grow in different ways (you'll grow during grad school too, but sometimes grad school can make you feel like a caged tomato plant- only certain growth directions are approved).

JLK said...

Thanks for the kind words, Becca. :) Time off is one thing I definitely don't need though. After the 5-year "break" from undergrad that resulted in my being this far behind, I really just want to move on to the next phase of my intended career. I'm so tired of doing things that aren't what I really want to be doing. I like my job, but it's booorrring, and though I could move up in my position I have no intention of doing so. I just want to be a psychologist already, dammit!

scicurious said...

i'm so sorry, JLK. But I do agree with Becca, a break before is not necessarily bad. We have had a couple of grad students who took time off, and they are almost always freakin' rockstars once you get them in the lab.

Mrs. CH said...

I'm so sorry JLK - it sucks :(

lalaleigha said...

[gets JLK a double scoop of ice cream]

i'm sorry about the bad news :(

ScientistMother said...

totally sucks. sorry.

Becca said...

Well I can't speak to the restlessness- if you didn't have that, you might not be motivated enough for grad school.

But I have to believe there is no "behind". Graduate education (and the rest of lifelong unformalized education) is not like K-12; it is not age-segregated.
My SO was over 40 when he entered grad school (We joke that the gods interfered with his plans specifically so he could be here at the appropriate time to meet me).
Anyway, if there were a magic formula for not feeling impatient with yourself I'd happily give it to you (after applying it to myself!). But, unless are one of those rare, freakish people who hate Billy Joel, go listen to "Vienna". And eat some ice cream. It won't hurt!

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