Jun 10, 2008, 4:32 PM
Post #36 of 67
It's such a strange process, applying to MFA's, because there is so much uncertainty and anxiety over what will help you and what will hurt you. I found the nerve to call programs by hearing about others doing it on PW.org, and I can honestly say that it's the reason I was offered a position in the only program I was given consideration to.
Re: [februarystar27] Boston University?
At SIUC, I was on such pleasant terms with the main secretary that after all the positions were filled in the program she said they could offer me a position, though temporarily unfunded. Promise of funding may be coming this year, but certainly the next. Her and I developed such a friendly rapport that she really felt for my anxious situation (and the fact that SIUC is notoriously SLOW in doing anything) that she looked out for me the best she could.
So, perhaps I would have been offered a position regardless of my constant "badgering", but I honestly believe I got that position by being friendly, though persistent, in my requests for additional waitlist information. In summation, I would call them and be as respectful in your nervous stammering as possible. It won't be the first time they received such a call, I can tell you that much.
Good luck to you!