I got into my favorite program (and coincidentally one of the best ones in the nation)!!!! I read the email in the middle of a conversation with the boss and literally gasped. Then we went back to talking about work so I didn't have a chance to process. But I pretty much couldn't concentrate at all after that. It turns out that processing took me about 3-4 days to just start to believe that I was accepted. I haven't heard about funding yet, which is really the only thing that could possibly stop me from grabbing everything and RUNNING full speed to this program. I'm hopeful, though.
THEN to pile on to the good news, I hear back from program #2 (of 3) that they would like to interview me in person. That happens next week. You like me, you really like me? There's a part of me that doesn't want to bother; I got into the program I very much in the depths of my heart/soul/stomach/appendix really wanted, so why not withdraw my application from other places? Then the emotionally detached and rational part of me kicks in and says that I should weigh all my options before throwing myself into the 4-5 year arms of a program. Funding is still definitely a consideration 'cause mama gotta pay bills somehow.
I dunno, I guess we'll see. But in the meantime, I'm starting to get used to the idea that I might actually get to do what I want to do. I'll be broke for years, doing time-consuming, lonely, at times tedious work in what will likely be a college town (to which I've never been and am a little concerned about), but I'm fairly certain I'd love it and at times love to hate it.
So we'll see how it all shakes out. Stay tuned, Nonexistent Reader!