Thursday, May 2, 2013


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


  1. YYYAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited for you and so incredibly jealous!!! That's so fantastic! Congratulations!

    1. I'm totally overwhelmed, but love your enthusiasm. I'll have to have a farewell barbeque (or something else suitably American), and you will have to come. :)

  2. So you're saying that next time we're in London we can crash at your flat? Because that's what I'm hearing. Huge Congrats. Mozel tov! Mega mozel tov! I cannot overstate how awesome it is to get accepted to a program you want and not have to wait a year or any such nonsense. Way to go.

    P.S. My autocorrect turned mozel tov into Molotov. Not a topic I recommend for international travel.

    1. Thanks Logan! For the first year, I'll probably be in student housing which provides a bed (twin), desk, and no floor space. Still, we'll see what we can do. ;)

      P.S. I'm so excited and terrified. But the school is right near King's Cross station, so I can always run away from the Muggle world if I get overwhelmed. :)

  3. Don't worry; we can snuggle.