To sum up the cliffhanger I left you with a month ago, I had received a fortune cookie that said “Your ambitious nature will help you make a name for yourself.” and had the Chinese characters and pronunciation for the word “doctor” on the back. All the issues have been resolved now, so I wanted to explain what in retrospect was a very cryptic post.
In December, I completed an application to the University of Georgia’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. I didn’t think there was a very good chance of my getting in, for a number of reasons, but shortly before I received the above fortune, I was invited to interview for the Ph.D. program. Getting an interview is a pretty big deal; Hundreds of people apply for somewhere around 10 openings. My good luck at getting the invitation, the above fortune, and a variety of other signs seemed to be indicating that I was about to overcome the next major obstacle in my becoming a doctor. Apparently, the signs didn’t say what I thought they did.
According to the email I received this afternoon, UGA has made all of the admissions offers they are going to make. Since I didn’t get one, that means I won’t be going to graduate school. At least, I won’t be going next year, and probably not to UGA.
I can’t say that I haven’t been expecting this, I know of some people who had offers from UGA over a month ago. Now that I have the rejection in hand, I have to re-evaluate my situation. Should I re-apply for a third year, should I try for a masters program and then try to get in to a Ph.D. program, or should I abandon my graduate school ambitions altogether? Right now emotion is telling me it’s time to give up, but this isn’t a decision that should be made based on pure emotion. I need to get some distance between me and this rejection before I commit to anything.