Maxwell, I understand your anger at this stage. I know because I am going through the exact same thing(Rejected twice, one almost rejected and four waitlistings) but I do wish to make a point. The people that have been blessed with options are not spoiled. They have worked hard just like us but know how the system works. The admission committees go through hundreds of applications a year and have to pick ~40. These successful applicants know how to differentiate themselves from the rest of us. True, some people have connections that us from less known universities don't have but they were the ones that knew at that point in their life what they wanted. I was about to go into the army before my councilor(Yes, this one actually helped) convinced me to go to my school's preview day. I was unmotivated and directionless when I graduated highschool. Life is about playing the system. You have to do whatever it takes to get your foot in the door...something I am just now beginning to see. Talk to potential graduate advisors, go do research with people who have great connections...it is all a game that some of us have only just realized we're playing. Life sucks...I have always known that but I do what I can to make it the best it can be. Believe me, I feel like life is taking a dump on me too but please, do not get too depressed. There is always next year. I know, I didn't like to hear those words too but I am starting to realize now that I might not get in and will have to get a job(only goodness knows where). Hopefully I can get one with good connections and hopefully some worthwhile research. If not, there is an extra year to re-study for the G.R.E. I will be more experienced, have better scores(Hopefully I can overcome my anxiety now with pills
)and have connections that will call in favors when needed. Do not give up hope. Life is a ride even if you are being dragged by a rope through a pig pen.