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The in-betweens.

Is that a mood? Because that's what I'm calling it now. I'm having a bout of the in-betweens. I heard back from Super-prof today, and have now sent both superprofs e-mails to confirm their contact info and explain the arcane electronic reference submissions process that UBC and U of T both use, now. Once I hear back (probably tomorrow), I will finally be able to click "Submit," and then drop $350 on collective grad school application fees.

Ha ha. No, I wish I was joking.

Of course, even once I've done that and there's officially nothing more I can do (except writing two 1,000-word Statements of Intent - what the fuck is a Statement of Intent, anyway?), I'll still be sitting here refreshing the pages over and over again, because, well, that's what I do. And then, in December, there will be querying.

I am going to be having the in-betweens for the next six months.

And then, I am reliably informed, for the next year after that, if the six months go well.


I wouldn't mind - I DON'T mind, in fact, because if things go well it will be AWESOME - except that it makes me all... jittery. Twitchy. Stomach-plummety. Y'know? It makes me want to crawl under furniture, and it weren't for NaNo, right now I might do just that.

Which reminds me, I must remember to take the laptop to work with me. Making a second try at the write-in tomorrow evening.

And now, to sleep.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 16th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
If it's of any consolation, all the grad school students I know around here are in a constant state of confusion and panic. Just in case misery loves company. Congrats at soon-to-be joining their ranks!
Nov. 16th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yes. That's very comforting. I think.

Well, confusion and panic and I are old friends, anyway. Hello, school...
Nov. 16th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm in the exact same boat. *hugs*
Nov. 16th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
We should all have a Grad School Stress party together, is what we should do. With lots of drinking. o.O
Nov. 16th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
yes. Yes we should.
Nov. 16th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. Literally and figuratively and all the other ways that pain can be felt.

I'm apply for the joint MLIS/MAS programme for September 2008 at UBC. That is, I will apply if I can ever figure out something to say about why I want to be an archivist/super-librarian. "Because I'm useless at anything else... Because I look like a librarian?" Do people even read this statement of intent?

So, I've got my fingers crossed for both of us!
Nov. 16th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
You did! You DID! Hah!

Yes, so did I.

I don't know if people read them. I think it's one of those Prove You Really Want It hurdles and maybe they only seriously consider people who appear to have agonised over the things in abject confusion?

UBC's isn't nearly as scary as Toronto. They want a thousand words per program. A thousand words? How many ways can I say "Uh, I like books and things are prettier when you file them"?

Yes. Yes. Fingers crossed all around.
Nov. 16th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
1000 words? Maybe if you just typed "Please" 1000 times? How on earth can you construct a 1000 missive about how great it would be to study libraries for a year and then boss pages around for a career.

The reference letters are driving me insane as well. A little consistency from page to page would be helpful. Do they want a reference letter and then the standard reference form on top of that?

Nov. 16th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, hell - the UBC School of Graduate Studies website can't even decide whether it wants transcripts sent directly from institutions or whether you can send them in. (You can send them in. As long as they're sealed. Idiots.)

This is all one big exercise in *headdesk*, as far as I can see.
Nov. 16th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
And yes, so far as I can tell, they want both the letter and the form. Ack.
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