Scrolled through the many posts and CONGRATS TO THOSE WHO WERE ACCEPTED! for those who were rejected or waitlisted, as cliche as it sounds, dont give up and remember that everything happens for a reason. the reason for rejection may not always be black and white or clear-cut; it may not be that you dont qualify for stony's program, but it could be that stony isnt a good fit for you (which isnt necessarily a bad thing, but hope that made sense..) but whatever the reason may be, dont let it discourage you from pursuing your dream and goals!! keep applying and improving/strengthening yourself, whether it means going for the 2-year program, waiting another year, volunteering/working to add to your resume, etc etc. Closed doors can be opportunities as well. And once you do get into a program, whether it is at Stony Brook or elsewhere, you'll definitely learn to appreciate it more because of the tough, long journey that it took for you to get to that point and along the way, you didn't let a rejection stop you from what you wanted to do, and you'll be the better person for that.
So in short, keep pushing. Whether you were accepted or not, your turn to shine will come.