Mar 28, 2011, 11:12 AM
Post #2358 of 2667
Re: [kscrawford] Trying to decide...
What a wonderful dilemma to be in--to have to choose from so many great schools! :)
I can't really offer any great advice to you, considering the fact that I am going to be starting at Spalding in the summer and cannot yet speak from any residency experience, but I guess I can tell you how I made my choice.
I applied to only two schools and ended up choosing Spalding. I haven't been offered any scholarships (although I'm not sure if they've made that decision for the summer residency yet...), but it was still my top choice. As you said, the people there are ultra-friendly, and I made contacts with several Spalding grads and current students who said the atmosphere is amazing. Apparently, Sena Jeter Naslund, the director, firmly believes in creating a positive, nurturing environment for her writers, and it seems to be working!
I also chose Spalding because, as a full-time teacher, I liked the option of doing a nine-month semester. I have NO IDEA how full-time workers manage to do six-month semesters and fit in all that writing. I don't think I'm capable of that.
And lastly, I chose Spalding because there are a couple faculty members whose writing I have admired since before I even considered doing an MFA. In particular, I really like Sena Naslund and Silas House.
Also, as you said, their office staff is unbelievable. Every question I have had has been answered immediately, and all the ladies have been so friendly!
Now, I'm sure all your other schools also have great faculty members and a good, positive writing community, so you probably can't go wrong with any of your choices. Just thought I'd let you know how I made mine.
And again, congrats on getting accepted to SO MANY schools! Did you apply for Spalding's spring or summer semester? If it's summer, maybe I'll see you at the residency!