Oct 7, 2008, 1:46 PM
Post #207 of 347
I have heard of one person transferring, but more for personal reasons than being unhappy with the program. I have no idea if this person lost credits. Given the MFA is so short, maybe the "transfer" was more like a "do over." I did transfer a few lit credits from an aborted MA, so if you choose to reapply, then maybe use this time to knock a few of those out.
Re: [empiricalhubris] Transferring Programs
I notice it's only October, so maybe you're having an initial panic? The hard part is you could transfer, and not be any happier. The MFA is anything but a perfect process. I remember having to completely readjust my preconceived notions. Ah, so many star-glossed ideas that came tumbling down. If you are making those few friends, establishing those one or two professor contacts, and can stand the area, and you're not going in debt...that's more than a few checks in the plus column. Having one professor who works with you one on one is a huge asset. I know people who went their whole MFA getting very little face time.
Of course, I'm no help because I loved my program, loved my friends, loved the place, blah, blah, and more blah. The MFA wasn't what i thought it would be, which isn't to say I didn't come to love what it was. Was that because I'm adaptable? Arrived wanting to love? I certainly know people who griped through the very program I went through all swimmy-eyed.
Sadly, this is one of those sucky "nobody knows the right decision but you" things. Hope the situation becomes more clear one way or the other.
As for the workshops filling up, don't be afraid to advocate for yourself. There's always a way in. There's always more money for somebody. Administrators and faculty love to whine and moan but can't nobody but no one play Chicken Little like a bunch of academics.