Glow-worm – 0.5

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Subject: Your Nilles University Application
August 21st, Y1
Dear Applicant ([email protected][email protected])

We regret to inform you that your application for graduate study in our department was turned down. We look at each application and applicant as a whole and decisions are based on a composite of information including your previous academic performance, referrals, relevant professional activities, proposed research statements, and test scores.

Due to a high volume of applicants, this message has been partially automated. Your application was received by paper and email and discussed by me and one other faculty member. We responded by email as per your preference. We would like to stress, for your particular application:
• That we would very much like you to apply again in future years.
• That we would encourage you to use the same email address, as we can easily tie it back to this application.
• We felt your academics were very strong.
• We felt your extracurriculars were exceptional.
• We felt your references were exceptional.
• In a time when records are often lacking and references may be hard to identify or contact, your application stood above and beyond in how complete and thorough it was.

Nilles is one of three Universities serving an estimated population of fifty million on Earth Gimel and its associated territories, and it is the sole post-secondary institution offering graduate studies. Over one and a half million bright and eager minds have applied to Nilles in avid hope of starting or resuming their educations, and regretfully, with our current facilities, we cannot accept more than twenty thousand.

Although these circumstances mean we must regretfully send you an unfavorable response, we appreciate your application. We wish you the best in your future endeavors and look forward to hearing from you next year.

Yours truly,
Dr. Marilyn Ginbar
Graduate Advisor

Private Messages from Glitzglam:

Glitzglam: Friend said emails out today

[email protected]_The_Sky: I got mine this morning.

Glitzglam: And? ? ?

[email protected]_The_Sky: Same as last year.

Glitzglam: : (

[email protected]_The_Sky: We have completed a review of your applic’n. Paperwork good. Grades good. X’lars good. Refs good. You’re perfect.
[email protected]_The_Sky: But the world ended two years ago, sorry! No place for you now. Please apply next year. We’ll keep track of your applic’n and the fact you applied last year, we promise!
[email protected]_The_Sky: no mention in this yrs letter about me applying last year so I do have my doubts

Glitzglam: aw hon 🙁
Glitzglam: why tho? My friend got in and I know his ap wasn’t as good

[email protected]_The_Sky: why do you think?
[email protected]_The_Sky: That’s a serious Q’n btw. Because I don’t know
[email protected]_The_Sky: Rational part of me thinks high demand program + only so many grad students allowed in
[email protected]_The_Sky: That part of me outnumbered 14 to 1 tho

Glitzglam: hm hm
Glitzglam: very specific #

[email protected]_The_Sky: I’ve been thinking about it all day. Made a list. Lots of unreasonable answers that are semi-possible. sentiment / reference backstabs me / people with ties to uni staff get in first / uni tied to gov + gov wants specific focus for research
[email protected]_The_Sky: I could go on. I know some of those sound crazy
[email protected]_The_Sky: + all of that? If true then no reason to think next year will be different. Last year was a third the number applicants, they accepted 2.5%. This year, what? 1.4%?

Glitzglam: um

[email protected]_The_Sky: Could be multiple of above. could be none.
[email protected]_The_Sky: Enough about me. How is training going?

Glitzglam: is fine. not important.
Glitzglam: Im going to visit as soon as possible
Glitzglam: k?

[email protected]_The_Sky: No need to treat me with kid gloves. We all suspected this would happen.

Glitzglam: honestly ?
Glitzglam: we all were saying 2 temper expectations
Glitzglam: but we would wink as we said it
Glitzglam: we thought u would get in

[email protected]_The_Sky: That doesn’t make me feel better

Glitzglam: have u told everyone?

[email protected]_The_Sky: no
[email protected]_The_Sky: Today I have stuff to do. I work and think.
[email protected]_The_Sky: Might go for long trip before semester starts + I get busy with work. Visit home.
[email protected]_The_Sky: Share after I get back I think.

Glitzglam: K. Im visiting 2. field exercises today tomorrow. team want to meet for drinks on day off. I think I might take off nstead. home 4 sure. m/b u?

[email protected]_The_Sky: I’m okay. But do me a favor?

Glitzglam: anything

[email protected]_The_Sky: If you stop by? I set up tarps by house. Make sure they still there & no water getting through? Lost cause maybe

Glitzglam: can do
Glitzglam: u sure u ok?

[email protected]_The_Sky: I’m not. But I’m the ok sort of not ok. I’ve gotten good at effective brooding
[email protected]_The_Sky: Our little parcel of humanity is sprawled haphazardly across 15+ alt earths. Has to be a place for us somewhere right?

Glitzglam: right
Glitzglam: and speaking of places. I got 2 take off becuz my place is 2 be doing drills

[email protected]_The_Sky: Be safe. Say hi to the family for me. I’ll drop by soon.

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4 thoughts on “Glow-worm – 0.5”

  1. I would certainly not blame [email protected]_The_Sky for getting disheartened. With such a low admissions rate and no alternatives, I don’t know if I’d call it a good time investment to bother preparing an application.

  2. This is the only one of these I sort of grasped easily. The rest are really difficult. I’m guessing hints and stuff, but no real meat I could dig into, besides the general forum topics on the state of things.

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