This Sparkler is playing the waiting game:
I'm nearing the end of my college search (thank god!!!) and just reached the point where I'm starting to hear back from the colleges I applied to. It's been a pretty bittersweet time; my "safe schools", the schools I was interested in but not overwhelmingly so, all came back more than happy to accept me. While this was definitely a warm fuzzies moment, I've been waiting for a while to hear back from my dream school, the fantastic college miles away from where I live that I would give absolutely anything to call home. After biting my fingernails down to the quick, I finally received a letter back today. I knew from the moment I saw it, it wasn't going to be an acceptance letter (it was in a standard envelope, not a bright, huge, "congratulations!!!!" sort of envelope), but when I opened it, I found out I'd been placed on the college's waiting list. I don't know a great deal about waiting lists , other than it means I have a slim as slim chance of possibly maybe being accepted if I'm willing to wait, but what exactly does it entail? I might as well mention that my parents are very against my going to this school, so my chances of actually going there were minuscule to begin with. Nevertheless, should I go ahead and sign up to be a part of the waiting list, or should I just focus on the schools that did accept me, even if it means giving up a dream that might still have a chance to be a reality?
We can't think of a single reason he shouldn't sign up for the wait list. But you guys are actually going through this process (whereas we're a hundred years old and our backs hurt). Are we missing something? What's the darker side of waiting lists?