It had been three weeks since she submitted her application and today the decision would be made. She had felt confident all along – finishing the project, being satisfied with it, and getting positive feedback from those who didn’t always offer it. But over the weeks she thought of the things that were out of her control. How would people she didn’t know react? Would they read into it something she had not intended? Perhaps they were having a bad day – not much she could do about that. Her phone rang. As she looked at the originating number, she knew that the decision had been made.

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