^ i did exactly that... could have applied last time around and perhaps gotten into UCSC / Riverside / i don't know what else.. instead, i waited til now..
this year was a little boring, being that i felt, in a sense, that i was just 'killing time'..
then again, i handled / am handling my few classes, made a little money (spent a little more), took some good road trips, saw some good shows, met some new people, read more for leisure than ever before, and took up some new hobbies..
point being... while it's possible to be constructive while you wait, essentially, you ARE waiting - and that's exactly how it feels. the finish line is ever nearing and always far enough away that you'll become tirelessly anxious at the thought of its delayed approach, which will happen more often than one would think bearable.. that is, if you're anything like me (neurotic, masochistic).
i'll let you know if it was worth it in 9 - 17 days.