Now that I have received an acceptance, I feel like it has removed quite a bit of stress off my shoulders. So, while I got deferred from Michigan-Ann Arbor, I got to wonder whether I’ll receive an actual decision other than a deferral, but when I checked the Grad Cafe, I realized that there were offers from Minnesota so I checked my email box about whether I received anything from them. An offer, a rejection, anything. I know that an unfunded offer will feel like a rejection.
I am elated to see that my first offer was an acceptance, and the financial details were enclosed with my acceptance. It feels… unreal. That I would still be able, somehow, to pursue theoretical particle cosmology for a couple more years and earn a PhD. And, honestly, I do not expect the life of a PhD student to be much different from the life of a student in a research-intensive masters program. So how does a $24,440 stipend fit in Minneapolis?
So I can say that I took one step towards securing my future, and then updated the verdicts page.