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Wednesday, May 21, 2003
I hate people who play mind games. Like the admissions committees of schools. Reading the admissions web sites of most schools is like reading a novel...you have to focus on what's not said, not what's said. My other gripe is with decision deadlines. If you are going to reject someone, I say that you should burst that bubble as soon as possible instead of delaying that decision and making them wait until the decision deadline. Just as some people are "clear admits," there must be some "clear rejects" as well. Why not let the clear rejects know as soon as possible so that they can move on with their lives and focus on other things? Why keep them hanging on to a sliver of hope that they might get in if they're not going to? I understand that the admissions process is difficult on both sides, but I have a hard time believing that the fates of 2,000 applicants are being debated among members of the admissions committees the day before they make the announcements...there have got to be some people in that group whose fates have been determined much earlier on. The other thing that I think is really important about decision deadlines is that schools should KEEP them. The applicants bust their butts to get the applications in on time...why can't schools extend that same courtesy to the applicants? That's all I'm asking for. And while I'm complaining about mind games, I think schools should stop screwing applicants around and leaving them twisting in the wind (i.e., on the waitlist). It's not so much the waitlist that angers me but the fact that many schools seem to be using the "waitlist" as some sort of filter or as a method of manipulating their yield numbers. If the waitlist is used as it is meant to be used, then I'm cool. But if you're just using the waitlist to manipulate numbers at the expense of the emotional health of the applicants...well, that's just plain cruel.

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