Wilbodog wrote:Is it wishful thinking when it comes to getting off a waitlist? I have friends that make it seem like it's going to be impossible and it's kinda weighing me down. Also how often should I contact after I send and LOCI? I am almost at a month since I sent it and I don't want to be "that applicant" and I don't even know what I should say in my next correspondence. Sorry to whine but I appreciate any advice.
If you have nothing to say, then don't say anything. You already sent an LOCI. If they ask if you're still interested, politely and enthusiastically confirm your interest in a short email, but they know everything they need to at this point.
In regards to probability, if they put you on the waitlist it means they think you're worth admitting and just need a particular set of circumstances to occur in order for them to do so. Will those events occur? There's absolutely no way of knowing. Sometimes schools take nobody off of their waitlist (unlikely this year given movement has already occurred at a few top schools), and sometimes they take dozens of students off of their waitlists. The fact of the matter is that there is no probability of making it or not making it off the waitlist that is reliable year to year. Your friend is likely just trying to protect your feelings if you don't make it off of a waitlist. It's the end of May, there's a significant amount of time between now and August for the waitlist game to either freeze up or get crazy, and there's literally no way of knowing if you'll be caught up in either scenario until it happens. If Harvard lets in 80 people off of their waitlist of 85 (totally made up numbers I have no idea what their waitlist looks like), there's a significant chance that you might be in the five that don't get picked, and if they only let in one of those 85 (again, not the case this year), you might be the one. A "good" waitlist year can still be bad for individuals, and vice versa, so there's no use getting yourself stressed out over it.
All of that being said, assume that you won't make it. Devote yourself 100% to the idea that you'll be attending the school you've committed to. That's the only way to curb the disappointment of not making it off of a waitlist. The school you've committed to is your top choice. They courted you and accepted you and likely offered you scholarship money to show you that they mean business. If you make it off of the waitlist and enroll at a different school, that's great, but now is the time to begin thinking seriously about plans for the fall at the school you've committed to.