If you’ve been waitlisted in Round 2, or were already waited in Round 1 and the torture of uncertainty has been continued, we’ve got some ideas on what to expect and some preliminary warnings and suggestions around what (not) to do.
If you missed our post on the Rd 2 waitlist from last week, start there — or even if you read it when we first posted it, it might be worth reading it again now. The reason for that is, you have evolved in your process already, even though it’s only been one week! You have likely already come to at least somewhat of a new place in your thinking about the experience of applying to grad school, in trying to make sense of the wins/losses you’ve experienced so far. Re-reading that post could shine a new light on things for you, now that reality has likely settled in a bit more.
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If you’re on the waitlist, we do have a Getting Off the Waitlist Guide, and unless you also have at least one admit in hand, the prudent thing to do is probably to be looking out ahead towards Round 1, as unappealing as that prospect probably sounds.
Yeah, no, you’re right. You don’t have to start doing that quite yet!
Spring is starting to happen and in many parts of the country and hemisphere the weather is turning bright and beautiful, and maybe you or those you know have been vaccinated. It’s not time to party yet but getting out in some sunshine or hanging (safely!) with vaccinated friends might be exactly what you should be focusing on right now, and not much else.
We’ll be here with more advice and tips as the days and weeks move forward.