The bureaucratic paperwork came from $EXPLORER_SCHOOL. My application is under review, here's a username and password to check status using the online check-your-application-status system. (This is a device many law schools employ to get you to not call them to ask for your application status; you can look it up online! Never mind that what you see online isn't actually useful information, since it doesn't tell you why, for example, your application isn't under review yet despite it having been recieved twenty days ago; it's not clear that the 'information' it contains is any better than the silence provided by certain other schools). Every other school i've interacted with that has done this has sent the information via email, so I was surprised to get it. I was also somewhat relieved, as it came in a thin #10 envelope, which appeared to be a rejection letter until i opened it.
The other two letters were more interesting. One of them came from $INNER_CITY_SCHOOL, a second-tier school with an unusually good reputation in a major east coast city, pointing out that their application deadline is April 1 and encouraging me to apply. (Frighteningly, they have a part-time program which starts in May whose deadline is also April 1; that doesn't give anyone very much time.) I think i'm going to decline. While it is true that I have applied at a second-tier school in another major east coast city, that one had ameliorating factors: it has a very interesting legal co-op program, and it uses narrative evaluations instead of grades, which (a) are independently a good thing, and (b) means they'll understand my undergraduate transcript. This school has neither of those; and chances are if I can get in there, I can get in at both $GEOGRAPHY_SCHOOL and $JESUIT_SCHOOL, either of which I would prefer. Still, it's good for my morale to get recruiting spam like this.
The final letter was from a tier-one institution in the south, complete with a fee waiver. I had to give them less thought. I've already applied at two tier-one institutions in cities it wouldn't independently occur to me to live in (call them $WINE_SCHOOL and $FLOWERS_SCHOOL); but this school is located in a city where I will not feel comfortable being part of an openly gay couple, and where Jared would likely be miserable. Geography defeats it - although, again, getting last minute "apply with us here's a fee-waiver" mail from tier-one schools is good for my morale, and gives my spirits a lift while I wait.
My file at $QUICK_SCHOOL is apparently still not complete. $JESUIT_SCHOOL, the first place where my file was complete, has yet to say anything to me at all. $BOLT_SCHOOL says they'll let me know next wednesday.
I want waiting season to be over.
Real Soon Now, I tell myself. Again.
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