One Hell Of A Week (For Grad School Notices)

Hold the presses, people! I just received a letter from Cornell University, my top choice for graduate school, offering me admission as a Ph.D. candidate, giving me a first-year fellowship with full tuition and health-care coverage and a 12-month stipend of nearly $25,000. Furthermore, they have guaranteed financial support for the remainder of my graduate studies.

I am so happy I could cry. My semester, my year, and possibly the last four years have just been made.

9 Responses to “One Hell Of A Week (For Grad School Notices)”

  • VERY NICE! 😀 Way to go, Nicole!

  • Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Congratulations!! *hugs omg*

  • Greg: Thank you! It’s the morning after The Letter, and I’m still thrilled as can be. “Heyday” is playing right now, and, even though it’s 7:00 a.m., it’s really tempting to turn it up all the way.

    Roswitha: Eeeeeeee!!!! *hugs back* Thank you! And congratulations to you! Just read your mention in the Carnivel. Way to go!

  • OMG!!11!1

    Really, this is fantastic! 😀 I am more than happy for you! *hug*
    So, now that Cornell accepted you, is that your choice? Will this be your future grad school? Or are you giving any others a chance still?

  • Imke:

    I’ll put it this way. When I told my advisor about the letter this morning, he said, “I want to say cancel your other visits–but don’t”. We agreed that I should give the other universities a chance. It’s possible (though, I suspect, unlikely) that someone somewhere else will have some absolutely kick-ass project for me to work on and they ought to have a chance to present it. Honestly, though, I think the only place with much chance of wooing me away from Cornell is Notre Dame. I haven’t heard back from them yet, but since they specifically requested that I apply there and my advisor knows several of the ND professors well, there’s a good chance that they’ll offer me a fellowship, too.

    In any case, I’m still pretty much floored. I’ve read that Cornell offers any fellowships/financial support in their admissions letter and about 97 percent of their doctoral students get supported. But that must mean that they’re a lot pickier about who they open admission to.

    I don’t know what it was that they saw and liked so much, but I’m sure glad that they did.



  • WOOHOO! :D!!!

    Regardless of whether you will be going to Cornell or not, it’s still wonderful/amazing/incredible that you’ve got that option open, along with all the other grad schools that have offered you acceptance. And I really have to say a big hearty congratulations!!! because these are all amazing schools… and all the horrors of the preparations and application process are recompensated. 😀 *hugs*

  • Wow. Wow.
    You’re totally amazing and now everyone knows it!

  • Yes, I would also say it can’t hurt to check out the other grad schools and give them a chance. The really, really cool thing for you now is that you can basically relax and just choose. And in case the other schools aren’t as convincing as Cornell, well, then you already know that you CAN go to Cornell. 😀

    One more question. Since I am not American (and Germany is only in the beginning stages of the whole undergraduate/graduate program changes), I don’t quite understand fully how this works. I thought after you get your Bachelor, you have to go and apply at graduate schools in order to later get your Master’s degree or Ph.D. And I thought they were hard to get into. But, in your case, it sounds as if the schools are wooing YOU and are trying to get YOUR interest and love, so to speak? Is that the usual case? It must be an awesome feeling.


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