lsplz wrote:Hey guys, checking in! I got in off the waitlist yesterday, have until Wednesday to decide- leaning that way, but have some personal reasons that keep Harvard decidedly on the table. I definitely didn't think this'd happen, super excited!
I feel like I should have a specific question to ask, but don't. Actually, random question- do people- especially those already there- have a sense for how much of the class is right out of or almost right out of college? The fact that I'm right out of undergrad makes me worry that I'll feel very young around such an accomplished group, and off the waitlist there's no option to defer. Is that a stat that's listed somewhere? How do different aged students interact?
First, congratulations! You have a tough decision to make, and two fabulous choices...good luck figuring out (quickly!) what's best for you.
Second, I don't think there's any official statistic on how many people come straight through vs. take time off, but my unofficial answer is always something like "about 1/3 come straight through, about 1/3 take one or two years off, and 1/3 are more than two years out." To be honest, though, I wouldn't really focus on the numbers...it's often really hard to know who's come straight through and who's taken time off (or how much time). Unless I know for sure that someone has come straight from college, it's nearly impossible to guess how old someone is when it's their birthday...anywhere from 21 to 28 pretty much melts together. While it might be the case that generally those who are younger are more likely to "go out" more often, it's certainly not always the case...and people mix together pretty seamlessly. Plus, in a social setting or on a day-to-day basis, it's very rare that anyone's accomplishments matter or come up in conversation. There are multiple people in my class that I'm friends with who were Rhodes/Marshall scholars, and I had no idea until WAAY after I had played frisbee and done shots with them.