Application Process · Reflection

March–towards a PhD?

It is March. It is crunch time.

For the past few months, many perspective students have been biting their nails waiting for final decisions regarding their acceptance/ denial. Coincidentally, some of us are waiting to hear back from the same universities and programs.

I cannot help but think that many of them feel the same way I do, optimistic that “no news, means good news.” Perhaps this is our attempt to delay the realization that the situation is out of out control. That if the news were bad, I would have already heard about it. But where is the logic in that? I am still obsessed with checking for a response; there are plenty of more productive things I can do besides refresh my e-mail 10 times a day.

There is a world out there and people who are preoccupied and though it is easy to get caught up in the possibilities, it is not worth losing perspective.

There is a wonderful life to be lived today. Sure at times it may seem as though it is a life filled with disappointments and heart ache but that doesn’t change the fact that it is shared by millions of people, many of which are looking for hope and joy–meaning and friendship–we’re all in this together.

Regardless what decision you are waiting for, perhaps we should stop waiting and start living.


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