The stages of admission at UC-Irvine (with apologies to Kübler-Ross):
- Denial – The first reaction is denial. In this stage individuals believe the diagnosis that they won't get away with denying admissions due to over-enrollment is somehow mistaken, and cling to a false, preferable reality.
- Anger – When the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue, they become frustrated, especially at proximate individuals. Certain psychological responses of a person undergoing this phase would be: But they didn't submit the right transcript
- Bargaining – The third stage involves the hope that the individual can avoid a cause of grief. Next year we'll do it better.
- Depression – "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?" We don't have space for them. In this state, the individual may become silent, refuse new interview, and spend much of the time mournful and sullen.
- Acceptance – "It's going to be okay." We'll find room. In this last stage, individuals embrace the inevitable future.
So can we just get on with it?