JRMjr wrote:To all the people on here who are mad at your apps taking so long, you should probably be mad at the clowns that waste the time of the Admissions Office staff by saying things like "I applied and forgot I even applied! ROFLOL"
Such stupidity.... why apply if its not worth your time? Thats like being accepted to a place, visiting, knowing you wont go, and not withdrawing from the waitlist (which prevents another eager person from getting their prized acceptance.)
dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb
No, it's not the same at all. You don't know at the start of your cycle where you'll get in, and you can't blame people for hedging. Holding on to an acceptance after your cycle is complete is a totally different thing because you have all the information in front of you at that point. A lot can change in your circumstances or your goals in the 3-4 months after you apply, so there's nothing wrong in throwing apps at a few good schools that are outside your target markets. At the time I applied to Michigan, I didn't think I wanted to be in the Midwest, but I liked the way they marketed themselves as a community and if some other schools didn't pan out I didn't want to second-guess myself later. As it happened, my priorities didn't change and I didn't "need" Michigan, so I didn't aggressively pursue them. Michigan picked up on that and WL'd me today.
This whole process is too unpredictable for people to send apps to only their top choices, so put the soap box away and take a deep breath.