How many times to re-apply before moving on?
Posted by Realistic on December 25, 2011, 12:00 am
There has been a lot of discussion over the last few months on here regarding having or not having the intellectual capacity to become an AA, and I have been wondering if there really is such a thing as not being smart enough to become an AA (and not being able to make up for it by putting in lots of extra effort, either). If we are one of the less competitive applicants in terms of having, for example, a low GRE score (e.g., 45%) despite having taken the test 3 or 4 times, when is it time to say "enough is enough?" Or in other words, is there ever a time when it becomes necessary to face yourself in the mirror and admit that you really don't have what it takes to become an AA and that it's time to move on? |
I have always been told by others (including educators) that putting in extra effort and working extra hard is the key to succeeding at things you don't seem to have a high level of natural ability for, but after reading some of the posts on here over the last few months, I'm beginning to wonder if I'm one of the vast majority of applicants who has gotten rejected repeatedly and simply won't get accepted. Emory receives around 280 applications per year and accepts around 40. If you crunch the numbers, that means approximately 14% of applicants get accepted to their program. Based on that statistic, an applicant is much more likely to NOT get accepted, and if they do get rejected, then it means they suffered the same fate as the vast majority (~86%) of applicants. So it seems like you really can't complain and whine about getting rejected because that was always the most likely outcome all along, in a statistical sense. If we are part of the 86% of rejected applicants after multiple application attempts and after multiple attempts to improve the one factor (e.g., GRE) that has been keeping us out, is that an indication that we aren't cut-out to be an AA? I'm just trying to figure out where to go from here and could use a bit of blunt honesty...