Apr 1, 2007, 8:46 PM
Post #143 of 2090
Re: [bktv] Starting this up again, seeking your thoughts..
Rejected from FSU 3/31 by mail.
1) Name misspelled.
2) No signature, not even a stamped one! Still, there was a sincerely. (Somewhat undercut by the lack of signature.)
3) Two different fonts used in the body of the letter! It's the two-tone approach!
4) Letter folded into three nearly equal parts, and then a little sliver at the top! Classy!
5) Outside of envelope had no logo, but a "Return Service Requested" stamp on it. What?! (At first, this led me to believe that it might be a wait list notification.)
6) Back of envelope was taped shut! Sweet!
On the plus side, it was a decently-written letter without any glaring errors. Mostly, I am just reacting to the fact that I won't be in school for the first time since kindergarten. That, and the long, needless wait.
Congrats again to the PhD bound.
HAHAHAHA, I received the same letter—in the same “condition” you described! You forgot to mention the paper quality, which was of the quality one might expect from paper purchased at Dollar General.
I really don't care, though, because I couldn’t afford to live off FSU's funding anyway. I don't have a problem with the program or the people, but I have a car payment to make and would still want to make my student loan payment each month.
I also didn't put as much effort into my applications as I should have, though that might've been a blessing-in-disguise. My writing sample was my most promising piece, but probably not the most "finished," and it would've been "safer" had I sent a more "crafted" story, if that makes sense.
I'm very lucky to have a FT comp lectureship right now, (3/3 load), plus benefits (i.e. as opposed to having to adjunct). I just can't see myself leaving that to make 10K a year while teaching just one less section of freshman comp (FSU’s load is 2/2).
Right now I'm sitting high on two waitlists, but I’m pretty much resigned to re-upping my lectureship contract for next year and re-considering this whole PhD thing. I already have an MA and an MFA and might just go with that and worry about finishing a book within the next few years. I’ve been thinking more and more about getting into community college teaching for long-term job stability (i.e. tenure) in case the publications + just an MFA aren’t enough to land me a tenure track job at a four year college or university.
I think I might apply for one of those Wisconsin Institute Fellowship spots next year.
Anyway, congrats to everyone on being accepted to PhD programs. It's a lot more competitive than I org. thought it would be.
BTW, has anyone heard anything from Denver for fiction? I'm assuming I was rejected from there as well, but who knows.
(This post was edited by gcsumfa on Apr 1, 2007, 9:45 PM)