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Come what may.

In Goals, School on April 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I love living in Japan, but visas do expire, you know. I’ll still plan to be here for quite a while longer if things don’t deteriorate, but I have to start thinking about applying to graduate school.

So tonight I’m reading the admissions sites to some programs. Let’s take a look:

“This past year we received almost 600 applications. In recent years, anywhere from 2% to 6% of the applicants have been admitted into the program.”

“The department typically receives around 700 applications per year for about 18 places in our sequential program.”

“We are able to make about 8-9 offers with funding from an applicant pool of 350+.”

Granted, these quotes are all from amazing programs, but this type of language seems to be pretty standard. I’m going into a field where my employment chances are very, very dire. And, that’s if I survive the admissions process, get into a good program, and make it through.

It’s all a little disheartening. Part of the reason that I didn’t apply straight out of undergrad is because I wanted some time to make an honest assessment of myself. But, this is what I want to do with my life. Sometimes you just have to do your best, say a prayer, and see where you end up. Wish me luck.