Today I got an e-mail from Brigham Young University saying that a decision had been made regarding my application to the linguistics MA. I was invited to log in to the application site and follow a link to view the decision. Of course, this is a completely awful way to let someone know whether they’ve just been accepted, because they’ve unnecessarily added a few minutes of rather acute anxiety to the process. Especially when the pop-up screen that should display my acceptance letter decides that it doesn’t like Firefox, forcing me to open up Internet Explorer and log in all over again.
Anyway, I finally got the decision letter to come up, and I was pleased to discover that they put the actual decision right there in the first line so I didn’t have to skim through the letter to find it. (Oh, and I was also very pleased at what it said.) So it looks like we’ll be moving back down to Happy Valley in a few months, and I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about that. Of course, that’s where they keep BYU, and BYU’s the only school I applied to (because I was afraid I couldn’t get into a really good PhD program right away, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to a PhD program, either), so I guess there’s really no choice. Well, I suppose I could always commute down there, but I don’t think I could survive that.
All in all, though, I’m very excited to be going back to school. I’m glad that I finally stopped putting it off, because I think it would have bothered me the rest of my life if I had wanted to go but never tried. And I guess I’ll finally have a chance to see if a life in academia is any better than a career as a corporate cubicle monkey.