Oct 10, 2007, 9:12 AM
Post #205 of 2090
Fuzen--how is your first term at FSU treating you? Are you happy that you accepted admission there? How is the adjustment to Tallahassee and to that program?
Re: [fuzen] Application time is coming up!!!!
Everyone else--how are the applications coming? Just want to check in with people and see how y'all are doing, how your SOPs are coming, how manuscript selection is coming, etc. We're a much smaller crowd than those MFA-hopefuls, and we are in a process that, I feel, is a bit more bizarre. And I just wanted to see how people are doing, how stuff is coming, how you're getting yourself closer and closer to those deadlines.
As for me: yesterday I finished my SOP for Missouri. I decided to start with that school for SOP, since it has a small word limit (the website said something to the tune of "approximately 500 words"--what do y'all think is "approximate"? I, um, interpreted it to "within 1 typed page"...for better or for worse...). Every other school's SOP will follow the same sort of formula as Mizzou, and I know it's easier for me to expand than it is to condense. I take the GRE generals on Saturday, and I take the GRE Lit tests on November 3. I am woefully unprepared for the lit tests, but I will get there. I'm nervous in general about the GREs, because I suck at standardized tests, but I am more nervous about waking up so damn early on a Saturday and dealing with the Saturday bus schedule in my city to make it to the test centers on time and to be AWAKE enough to really take these tests. Yesterday afternoon I sent out my recommendations packets. I'm working on edits to my academic writing sample, and I have finished preparing my poetry manuscripts.
Is anyone finding that the more and more they get closer to finishing and sending applications they are feeling like you don't necessarily WANT to apply to certain schools--like if an admissions offer were, somehow, extended, you might not necessarily accept--but you're curious enough about the program to apply and feel like you "should" apply anyway, because you never know? That feeling's risen in me over the last couple of months about 2 of my programs, and I don't entirely know how to reconcile it. I feel sort of shitty about it, actually, because I know that if either of those programs is the only place that offers me a spot I should be ecstatic just to GET an admissions offer. But at the same time, there is this extreme uncertainty for these 2 schools that I absolutely don't have for Houston, FSU, Utah, or Missouri.
Has any of you told your bosses or coworkers that you're applying to programs? I haven't, just because I think the odds are so ridiculous of actually getting in anywhere, and I am scared of shooting myself in the foot come April. But keeping this to myself is so hard. It's such a huge thing--at least now, when I am finishing applications stuff--that it seems kind of strange to keep it so much to myself.
Back to work for me...