"I decided the odds were stacked against me, which strangely made me feel like I was going to get the job even more. Sports movies had brainwashed me into the belief that when the chips are down the most, that is when success is the most inevitable.
I'm the kind of person who would rather get my hopes up really high and watch them get dashed to pieces than wisely keep my expectations at bay and hope they are exceeded. This quality has made me a needy and theatrical friend, but has given me a spectacularly dramatic emotional life"
Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me
*I had to laugh out loud with self-recognition when I read this. Sounds familiar to my process of applying to graduate school. Whenever I tell someone my list of prospects, it is nearly always followed with a polite suggestion about "safety schools"