Mar 24, 2008, 2:01 AM
Post #226 of 430
To be fair now, I spoke with a former Columbia student who absolutely loathes the school. He felt that it did not do much to improve his writing skills so much as his networking skills. His biggest complaint, though, was with the student body. Haha, I've never spoken to anyone so bitter about their time at a school, and I really regreted bringing up the subject with him. I won't get into specifics about what he hated so much about the students there, but believe me when I say I would never ask him again about C_ _ _ _ _ _ _.
Re: [Clench Million] Columbia, again
Anyway, I just bring up this point because there's a place for everyone. Sure, maybe my money *will* go to waste at Texas State or UT because it's just not as good as most places (the MA, not the Michener MFA. My professor also mentioned the flakey faculty at the Mich, and her boyfriend had a few negative things to say about them as well even though he got his MFA there). Then again, maybe I'll actually enjoy my time at a place like Texas State, despite its smaller size and budding reputation. The students I've spoken to there are highly enthusiastic about the program and have been so welcoming. I know you mentioned you weren't trying to bash lesser schools, but in your rush to defend Columbia, it did come off that way. Not all of us are that good, and it kinda brings us down when you talk about schools some of us will end up going to. As if the only thing worse than our writing skills is our judgement for taking a well-funded offer. I'm happy for all the future TC Boyles and Flannery O'Conors of the world who will graduate from Columbia and Iowa. *shrug* I just don't think that either is an ideal model. If all schools were like that and suddenly 90% of MFA applicants could never get in to any schools becaues they weren't good enough....
Again, I know you weren't trying to be mean or trying to discourage students from taking funded offers for the sake of money. It just sounds like your defensiveness got the better of you in some parts of yours posts. And to your credit, I'm sure there are kids about to accept their Columbia offers who needed a voice like yours to save the school's reputation.