Despite what schools might think, its not a game. Its not a game to waitlist applicants and then wait to see how things pan out. When one applies in Round 1, it means getting a decision by the R1 decision deadline is also an important factor. One cannot continue to tread this nerve-wrecking, anti-socializing, no-time-for-family-or-anything-else process for a year. I didn’t bargain for the process that started in June 2008 to continue until June 2009. And this is just the process that began after the schools were finalized as my first choice; the amount of time that went into that selection is another story.
Going to school is a major decision. A lot of things need to be taken care of. It would definitely help to know whether I went wrong with my school selection if I get a ding. What does not help at this point is that all schools where I think I fitted well have chosen to waitlist me. Couldn’t they find enough things wrong to go ahead and ding me ? Ask Wharton and INSEAD please, at least they were ruthless enough.
Do you think its easy for an international applicant even after an admit ? There are so many damn things to be taken care of. And wouldn’t I have applied in R2 myself had I wanted to be compared with the rest of the applicants?
Even if I make it from here, I might never feel the kind of connect and fit I felt before, because by waitlisting me you have shown that I am not your first choice. Love is a two way street, its as important to me as it is to you.