I’ll never go into finance, Chad

February 27, 2018

I applied to an MFA program 5 months ago, and I have been chill about it for most of the intervening time. Sometimes defeatist, sometimes vaguely hopeful, sometimes thinking magically, sometimes falling in love with a Plan B just for scuz.

Anyway. Those days are over. I am now obsessing over it all, because we are in “any day now I find out” territory.

So naturally I did some neurotic research online and made a chart that shows roughly what I think I can expect from my would-be university as far as likelihood of getting an acceptance, a rejection, and a waiting list notification over the next several weeks. Hat tip to GradCafe for the raw data and for encouraging my over-thinking by making it seem normal.


(Just TELL me!)

Update: March 1, 2018

Ok, with new info coming in, I’m suspecting that I’ll get a rejection letter next week or the week after. To not even get on the wait list stings, I think most of all because I had wonderful people write me letters of recommendation.

So I put the new info into my chart and I made the rejection bars a more calming color.


Then, because it soothed me, I looked at all the info from all the schools on GradCafe for this admission season.


If you broke the information above into a pie chart of all rejections, acceptances and waitlistings so far this year, it looks like this:


In real life, though, rejection should be most of the pie. People are self-reporting, and reporting their acceptance is much more fun than reporting their rejection. The main reason to report their rejection is to be a good citizen and give other people a data point. Or to leave a funny comment along with your rejection post, like “I’ll never go into finance, Chad.”

If you were REALLY generous and considered the acceptance rate to be 5% (it’s common for acceptance rates to be 1% or 2%. I heard of one that was 7% and that was considered really high), then this is how the pie chart would look:


And it’s in a nice soothing color now. You’re welcome.

(P.S. I’ve been working the last 8 years in finance, don’t @ me)

Update March 2, 2018

No news continues to be bad news, but I’m working on feeling rejected and have started really enjoying the results board as a spectator sport.

This burbled up and then disappeared a few minutes later:


Even as I feel super bummed, I also totally wanted to kick this person while they were down!

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