For the past year, I have been working towards PhD applications. I took the GRE. I researched programs. I ordered transcripts. I wrote statements and research proposals. I paid exorbitant application fees.
And I was rejected. From 2 programs. The only two I applied for.
And then a friend mentioned SOAS. And so I looked it up. I liked the program. I liked the focus and the structure, so I decided that I would try for it next year.
For your reference, SOAS is The School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
But. But then I saw that their application deadline hadn't passed yet. It was still 10 days away. I could do it. I could still try for this fall.
So I did. But I fully expected another rejection. They said that it would take 5-8 weeks for a response.
I got mine this morning. It's been a little over 4 weeks.
It was so fast, I was convinced it would be a no. It was too fast for a yes. I was certainly one of the riffraff they were purging early.
But it wasn't a no. It was a yes. :D