Lots of vigorous sifting and sorting taking place in the Admissions Office this week. We all worked all weekend, which was very productive (with occasional moments of silliness). None of us relish two straight weeks of work, so on Saturday night we went off to do our own things, which for Laurie was a yoga class with her daughter, for Kate was a movie at home and brownie-baking for the office (thanks, Kate!!), for Roxana was a jewelry home party, for Peter was a concert by Pink Martini, and for me was a movie, The Band’s Visit. We all turned up bleary eyed, but fresh of spirit on Sunday.
So here’s where things stand for those waiting nervously. Nearly every application has both an admission decision and a financial aid decision assigned to it. We don’t release our decisions in dribs and drabs, so we won’t tell you yet by phone or email how things have turned out. Why? First, until we mail the letters, nothing is 100% final. (99% final, but there’s still the possibility of change.) Second, because sharing decisions one-by-one leads to error, and we don’t like error. And third, because telling a thousand people their decisions individually is very time consuming, and it will keep us from finishing the process.
Please rest assured that no one will be happier when the decisions are posted on-line and mailed than the staff of the Admissions Office. We’re not eager to spend another weekend here. I, for one, have a 17-year-old’s basketball tournament to attend — if his team makes the championship game, it means three days of sitting on the gym bleachers and no time for admissions work.
Once we move from 99% to 100% final, work out some technical problems currently making Roxana crazy, print letters, and lastly stuff those fat and thin envelopes, out they’ll go. I can’t see any reason why we would miss our target of mailing/posting before Friday the 20th. The only remaining question is how many days before the 20th we’ll be done. I’ll keep you posted.
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