Feb 27, 2006, 1:57 PM
Post #16 of 30
Re: [boy named sue] Why Accepted Applicants Are Overrepresented on MFA Board
I just wanted to let all of you who have rejection anxiety know you should hang in there. About three years ago, I decided to get an MFA and I applied to one school only--Warren Wilson. I got rejected. I was completely crushed. In a fit of self-pity, I called the WWC program office to ask WHY I had been rejected. Surprisingly, they did actually take the time to give me some information, although they didn't tell me specifically what the admissions committee had said about my application. They told me that my app was very seriously considered, and they encouraged me to reapply in the future. For various reasons, the incoming class that semester was unusually small, and they didn't have enough slots to offer to everyone they might have wanted.
Flash forward two years. I decided to reapply, this time to five different schools--WWC, Bennington, Vermont College, New England College and St. Mary's College. This time I got accepted to four schools and wait-listed at St. Mary's (which surprised me, because I honestly don't think that program is as good as the others, and I really wasn't sure I wanted to do full residency anyway). Now I am in my first semester at Warren Wilson. It's a lot of work, but I like it. WW has a very non-competitive atmosphere. I don't think anyone on the faculty even knows that I was not accepted the first time I applied--and certainly none of the other students know. There is a general sense that we were all good enough to get in, so we are all equally good.
I believe that if you really want to get an MFA, you will find the program that's right for you. Don't feel discouraged if you don't get in the first time. Believe in yourself, and you will achieve what you desire. I know that sounds trite--but it turned out to be true in my case.
Thanks, and peace to all--