So, let's compare this picture I took and uploaded to Facebook on the 6th of December 2012:
Those are envelopes containing my hopes and dreams of getting into a masters program. Luckily, I managed to get into every single German school that I applied for. "Which one should I choose?" was a wonderful dilemma.
The PhD version looks like this:
I'm really hoping to have at least some of the success that I managed to garner in my first attempt two years ago. This is just the first round; I still have to prepare a couple whose deadlines are a bit later. After the end/middle of February, though, I will enter that state of constant "what if? did I do it right? I hope I hope I hope". It probably won't end until September, but I'm ready.