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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Never Enough

As you know, I’m hoping to start working on an MA in English next year and had applied to U of T and York. I just received a letter from U of T telling me I’m on the reserve list and will find out if I’m accepted in April. I can’t believe it. I have an A average and strong references. I honestly wasn’t worried about being accepted. I just called them and learned this is the double cohort year (they cut grade 13 in Ontario 4 years ago, creating two years worth of students entering university at the same time—these students are now applying to graduate school). Also, with the pressure to accommodate this there are fewer part-time positions available. So, I’m making an appointment with the director of the program to talk about my application, though I’ll probably end up going to York (providing they offer me a place) rather than wait another year for U of T.

I’m so disappointed. I work so fucking hard and it never seems to be enough.

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14 Comments:

Blogger MotherBumper said...

That would really frustrate and piss me off. I'll be rooting for you and sending positive vibes.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Ugh, that sucks. I hope you are able to talk with the program director and perhaps be reconsidered for a definite position.

2:23 PM  
Blogger NotSoSage said...

Oh, crap, I knew this cohort was coming, but has it really been four years? My god.

I'm really sorry. You never know what may arise, though, come April.

2:28 PM  
Blogger bubandpie said...

There's no way of knowing what kind of politics are behind a decision like that. I wrote a recommendation letter a few years ago for a really excellent student - one of the best I've ever had - and she got turned down anyway, for reasons that are murky but likely political. Bah. That's what I like about teaching part-time: I can stay as far away as possible from all that.

2:28 PM  
Blogger s@bd said...

bleck.

(although if you DO decide to go to UofT in '98/'99, I'll *hopefully* be there, too. so there's that ...)

2:30 PM  
Blogger Gabriella said...

That does suck, but hopefully things will work out in April! And there's nothing wrong with York.
Way way back when I was in university, I applied to teacher's colleges everywhere for about 3 years and didn't get accepted anywhere, based on two factors, overwhelmingly large percentage of applicants (UofT had 2000 applicants and only 150spaces) and slanted emphasis on marks rather than experience. Sometimes the school system really limits your dreams. I knew people who had A+ averages but no desire to teach and were accepted.
Sorry for the verbal diarhhea but I know how disappointing this process can be.
Positive vibes sent your way!

2:31 PM  
Blogger something blue said...

How could an A average be not enough? Certainly two years worth of students now applying to graduate school don't all have A averages! Makes you wonder if takes an 'F' to get accepted. (Ooohh!)

Thinking the good thoughts that things will go your way.

4:24 PM  
Blogger cinnamon gurl said...

So sorry for the disappointing news! I'll keep my fingers crossed for good news in April. (For what it's worth, I was in a similar position when applying to U of Guelph for my undergrad and ended up getting in.)

4:28 PM  
Blogger ewe are here said...

Ouch. How very disappointing.
I hope the alternate university program comes through for you.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Lisa b said...

That Sucks!
I do actually think meeting with the director will help so that's a great idea.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Bloor West Mama said...

At times it is good to speak with someone so that they can put a face to the name.

Good luck :)

8:41 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

That does suck. When I applied to graduate school, I graduated cum laude and had excellent references, but only got in to my last choice master's program.

Turns out, my first choice (Duke) received over 600 applications that year for the program, and could only accept 18 students. Similar, although not quite as crazy, situations were presented at the other schools, too.

10:20 PM  
Blogger kgirl said...

no! it really really doesn't sound like it's a reflection of your track record. like you said, there are fewer positions for part-time students, and like others have said, it's probably political. crossing my fingers that you get good news.

10:55 PM  
Blogger jen said...

oh, sister. it's not you, it's them.

ok, so not helping. i wanted something really, really badly recently too and found out today that it's not mine to have.

i feel you.

1:52 AM  

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