We reckon that 65 person-meals were served at our house between Thursday dinner and Saturday lunch. Since one of those meals (Saturday breakfast) was for only three of us, that leaves a lot of busy raucous events. No wonder, then, that I’m happy to be quietly reading applications at home today. Warmly (but presentably) attired in fleece and slippers, I’m settled into my kitchen work station with a steady flow of hot beverages.
It’s not only the tea/mint tea/coffee that keeps me going! Some really wonderful applicants are passing my way: Lots of strong students with interesting experience (including an unusual confluence of applications indicating study abroad in Argentina!).
Most members of the Admissions staff will take a day to read Early Notification applications this week, but we still have a lot going on in the office. In addition to a thank-you lunch for our volunteer interviewers, we’re offering several virtual information sessions this week and next. And even as we’re plowing through the EN applications, we’re less than a month from the December 20 deadline for PhD and Map Your Future applications.
Back to work for me. I still have hours of reading in front of me today, punctuated by occasional brisk walks around the house to stay focused.