I am an international applicant and I applied to several schools in the US as well as the UK (and one in the EU) for PhD in this cycle. I got accepted with funding from one of my top preferences in the UK after a (really good) interview with a potential advisor (a global top 5 university), and I am looking forward to it (I have not accepted the offer, not received a formal letter, and I am waiting for some other results). I have received rejections from some of my preferred departments in the US (and I understand and respect that), but one of my applications did not even make it to the committee because it was "filtered out by postdocs" (found upon inquiry). I am feeling a loss of confidence, mainly because of the last part. I am posting this question here for the following point:
- Of course, I will be honest with my potential advisor if asked (she has also shown interest in my applications and is in general very understanding). Will this make me look bad to her or make her lose faith in the decision? I think I will be a good fit for the group, but this makes me look bad on the competitive scale. I don't want her to think that she made a mistake by accepting me, when other programs of similar tier have rejected me. This may come up because I am scheduled to meet with her soon, before I give my decision to the admissions office.
- How should I take in these decisions myself? I do think I should ideally be happy with such a result, but this still bothers me.