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Thursday, March 26, 2009

A note of thanks

Some of you won't be visiting this blog after today, so I feel that this is a good time to express my thanks. Thank you for being part of this blog. I firmly believe that without comments, a blog is really just a journal. Blogs are supposed to initiate conversation and discussion. Your participation has made blogging a joy. Seriously.

We are going to make some of you very happy at 5 PM and we are so, so excited about that. However, we are going to upset a good deal more at 5 PM and that weighs very heavily on us. I console myself with the knowledge that you will have other attractive offers to consider and some lucky school is going to be made better by having you in their community.

Regardless of what your status page says, you are going to be just fine. You are going to attend a great school and you are going to grow tremendously while there. You're going to have "ah ha" moments like you've never had before. You're going to learn from amazing, inspirational professors. You're going to meet people with whom you will stay friends for the rest of your lives. You're going to pull all nighters studying. You're going to pull all nighters not studying. You are going to have highs and lows, you're going to have great successes and you're going to fail miserably at something. What's going to make or break those experiences is your response and your attitude, not necessarily the location of the events.

Remember that your decision is not a statement about your value. With the number of applications we had, we were not able to admit all of the qualified students. Many of those who wind up on the waitlist and deny list are perfectly capable of doing the work at UVa. Our first-year class just isn't large enough to accommodate everyone.

Thank you for reading and sharing yourselves with me for the last few months. Best wishes to those who won't be back to the blog after this. To the rest, I hope you'll chime in now and then while you're a UVa student to give the next group of students a little advice and comfort as they take their turn on this roller coaster.

Can you believe it?!? The big day is finally here! Good luck, everyone!