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Unread 03-07-2017, 09:28 PM   #1
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PhD programs - wisdom on offers

As I posted elsewhere, I have been admitted into PhD programs in philosophy. I have about a month left to determine which I want to accept. Currently I have two very comparable offers, and I have a third I'm on the waitlist for (one which would trump the first two). Moreover, I have a good shot at getting into another as well (one which would possibly trump the first three).

Anyway, it is causing me anxiety and I need wisdom. I want what is best for me professionally, but also for the care of my family --but the options aren't obvious.

I would appreciate prayer as I navigate this. I feel like I'm being almost completely preoccupied by this academic job hunt.

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Unread 03-09-2017, 06:10 AM   #2
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I know the feeling well...

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I realise our life situations are different, but if you ever want to "talk it out" feel free to send me a message.
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Unread 03-13-2017, 11:33 AM   #5
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Thanks all. I appreciate the prayers.

Out of 17, I only need to hear back from the last three. I think I am rejected at all of those, so it's just a matter of assessing more fully the offers I currently have.

I'll be doing a campus visit at each place, I think, very soon. One for sure is March 30th weekend.

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I am basically done. I have two offers and a waitlist. (two others could possibly admit me, but it is really unlikely now. One of those two said basically I'm rejected unless they burn through their waitlist, in which case they will re-evaluate me)

That said, please pray for me. The offers are extremely comparable. My wife and I want to have the same mind, but the move will be difficult wherever. I emailed the program where I am waitlisted asking if I could schedule a visit, and the prof (who is usually quite speedy in reply) has not replied to me. I think this means he must ask the admissions committee whether they consider my chances high enough to justify the visit. Please pray that that program accepts me, because I'm almost certain I would accept their offer over the two current offers right away.
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It is now 2 full weeks later, and I've visited all three programs. Unfortunately, I am no nearer a decision, because the programs remain so comparable. I didn't find any red (or orange or yellow) flags at either place. In fact, they just both seem like good programs. This is a good problem to have, since it means I could go to either and be happy I think. Pray my wife and I agree on which program to turn down.

At this point, please pray I get off the waitlist at Purdue so my decision becomes easy.
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It is the 11th hour.

I turned down UIUC, so it is Buffalo if Purdue falls through. Please pray I get an acceptance from Purdue.
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Purdue didn't pan out. We're on to Buffalo! Thanks for your prayers.
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Glad you've finally been able to make a definite decision. Now for the adventure!
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