crying.jpg Many of us know what it feels like to be tortured via the throes of anticipation. We waited anxiously for Cal Football to reign as No. 1 last semester, but the moment never came. We cried tears of sweet closure when the last installment of Harry Potter reached our eager hands.

Still, none of that compares to the emotional turmoil that arrives in many student mailboxes across the country today. Yes, it’s that time of year again–the day many high school seniors open a long-awaited letter from the UC Berkeley admissions department (or, rather, log into the myBerkeleyApplication portal at 5 p.m PST for quicker results).

One glance at College Confidential, a message board consisting largely of soccer moms and stressed out overachievers, and you can get a sense of the agony. Some are even accusing admissions of an e-mail conspiracy after their “suspicious” and “cruelly worded” letter announced the release of acceptances on Mar. 27. The letter proclaims, “Thank you for your patience: We’re worth the wait!” Cruel, indeed.

Posted by yayitsjane at College Confidential:

Because of this whole overanalyzing-the-emails thing, I’m psyching myself out and thinking that the myBerkeleyApp person is telling us white lies. This isn’t good for me (because I didn’t get an email), but maybe the emails really do mean you are admitted and if you didn’t get it, you are a reject. I just don’t see any other explanation to this email thing…why would there be so many people who didn’t get an email? Honestly, what are the chances of having that many “technical glitches”? (But then again…there were quite a number of people who got the email too…I DON’T KNOW! I’m driving myself crazy!! Errg….)

Am I just being overly pessimistic or am I making sense here????

The poor child.

Best of luck to you who plan to frantically refresh your computer screen until 5 p.m. See you next year! Maybe.

Image Source: Crimfants under Creative Commons

Letter to 2008 Applicants [Berkeley]
Email from UCB admissions about Mar 27 decions? [College Confidential]

m said:
Mar 27, 2008 at 2:36 pm

If I were Cal Admissions, I would automatically deny anyone who logs onto that webpage between 5:00pm and 7:00pm today. We don’t need any more strung-out, overachieving undergrads here.

d said:
Mar 27, 2008 at 5:42 pm

A friend of mine just told he was accepted…for Spring 2009. He’s coming straight from high school. Is this usual? Should I be posting this on the LJ instead? Har, har.

Raj C. said:
Mar 27, 2008 at 6:28 pm

I agree with M. What we need are some kids who can party.

GO Bears!

mn said:
Mar 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm

I was one of those OCD kids checking myberkeleyapp every so often. Got accepted around 4:00pm! Feels great.

T said:
Mar 30, 2008 at 10:20 pm

To d, I know a couple of high schoolers who got accepted into spring too. no big deal.

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