We work in a suite of individual offices, public work spaces, and a common space in the back.  Right now, I can’t hear a sound except for tapping on keyboards.  With decisions released, we’ve all retreated temporarily to individual work — much of which is keeping up with the steady stream of emails from applicants who heard from us (or didn’t hear from us) on Friday.  The phones are quiet now, but yesterday they were ringing off the hook (leading to more emails from people who couldn’t get through).  Crazy!

It’s not that we don’t anticipate this sudden burst of correspondence.  Before I left here on Friday, I cleared my desk and my email inbox.  I even dusted (the desk, not the email)!  But it still catches me by surprise when messages come in faster than I can zap out responses.

Here’s a bit of information that may help channel emails to a more appropriate time.  Students who haven’t been admitted, and who decide not to attend grad school elsewhere, may want to know how they can improve their application.  Fletcher is happy to offer feedback.  In fact, when we review a second application, we’ll wonder why an applicant hasn’t been in touch.  We just ask that you wait until May 1 to contact us.  For now, you can check out the info on what to include in your request.

For admitted students, the next month or so will be a whirlwind, as you consider offers from different schools and start making plans to dismantle your current life and create a new one.  We’re working as quickly as we can to help you in this process by answering your questions.  Keep them coming, even if it makes life a little crazy!

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3 Responses to A little crazy

  1. Richard says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Thanks for the quick response! I’ll keep a look out for your next post.


  2. Hi Richard,

    Don’t worry about adding to the avalanche! I’m happy to answer questions, and I might have turned a corner this afternoon, anyway.

    As for feedback for waitlisted applicants, we consider those on the waitlist still to be under consideration, so we couldn’t tell them why they were “denied,” in that they haven’t been.

    I’m going to post something later this week on useful materials to add to a waitlisted application. Stay tuned (possibly tomorrow, otherwise Thursday)!


  3. Richard says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Thanks again for all your hard work with the Admissions process – in particular, this blog has been a great way to keep up with the way things have turned out.

    Without adding to your avalanche of e-mails, I wanted to ask whether the feedback Fletcher offers on application applies to waitlisted students. Are there any guidelines to help us waitlisters improve our applications for the next round of decisions?

    Once again, thanks so much for this blog. Reading it has been a lifesaver!


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