So I get an email yesterday from Michigan State. Because it is so early in the application process (I didn’t hear back from my schools until March last year), I assumed that there was some part of my application that I had missed or that they didn’t receive. I open the email and look at the first lines: “Below is a letter we will be sending you through the mail…” My heart sinks. You have to understand that the stream of rejection letters last year left an indelible mark, so I assumed that anything being mailed to me would be bad. Boy, I thought to myself, it sure didn’t take them long to reject me. But, much like the morbid allure of road-kill, I was forced to keep reading:
“I am pleased to inform you that you have been admitted to the Ph.D. program at Michigan State University for the Fall semester 2008. The graduate admissions committee was very impressed by your academic achievements; and your interests match well with emphases in our program. We have several faculty members who would be delighted to work with you.”
Hu?! What? Really? They accepted me? Yes and yes. Though I can hardly believe, I have been accepted to an English Lit Ph.D. program. Well, I did the only thing one can do in such a situation: called up some friends and went out for Thai food.