Mar 25, 2006, 12:36 PM
Post #22 of 26
I had a triple major in French, Literature and Education. My undergrad doesn't have just a Creative Writing major, it's included under literature. I took workshops almost every term of undergrad in short story, personal essay and not until my senior year poetry (what I ended up applying for). I was more focused on the French major for most of my undergrad and spent a year studying French literature in Paris, then came back and decided it'd be fun to take a poetry class since I'd never done so and BAM--my life changed. I was always a writer and always thought it was something I wanted to do, but I'd always written not-so-good fiction (I was a lot better at personal essays, at least). When I started writing poetry, my poetry prof told me I had to go get an MFA, which I'd never considered before. I was in a 5 year BA/MAT program, and already slated to spend my first year after undergrad student teaching and earning the MATeaching, and I was really committed to becoming a HS English teacher, and then, someday, getting my PhD in comparative literature. My thesis was the translation of a contemporary French novel which fulfilled requirements for both the French & literature major, and then I did a bunch of stuff for my Education major.
Re: [sanssoleil] Previous Degrees
So I had decided not to get an MFA. And then I started teaching and I had a nervous breakdown. I felt the trajectory w/poetry that had begun my senior year was cut short and I felt I would perish if I didn't take time to focus on my poetry for awhile. (I know, a bit overdramatic, but isn't that what nervous breakdowns are all about?).
I am pretty sure that my MAT did not help me get into any grad schools. I don't think anyone at a grad level will care an iota about it, since teaching degrees are not thought necessary at a post-secondary level, but I know the work I did and my teaching experience will help me when I teach college. Because, honestly, 18-year-olds aren't that different on the other side of the summer. I teach that age now, and often feel like I'm teaching college freshman.
Anyway, that was very long-winded and more than you asked for.