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darredet
Darren A. Deth


Mar 29, 2007, 10:49 AM

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I'm in my second semester at Vermont College. The residencies are wonderful. Yeah, the first few hours you miss your family, and then you are swallowed into a bubble. For the duration of the residency you feel as if life does not exist beyond where you are and what you are doing. Now, coming out of residency can be a little crazy. You've had a lot of material thrown at you, and it takes a little while for you to acclimate yourself to paying bills, doing laundry, the families schedules, etc, etc all over again.

The greatest thing is being around like-minded people who you can actually sit and converse with, rather than sitting in your bathrobe and cruising message boards.

Feast on it all when you get there.


jacarty
Jessie Carty
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Mar 29, 2007, 11:19 AM

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hey lapwing. I know what you mean about trying to balance. I don't have kids but I am very much a homebody and since it is just me and my husband, I feel bad if I am gone too long :)

I chose Queens in part b/c I am in Charlotte so I commute to the residency (only been to one so far) but there are pros and cons to that. When you are local you, at times, are less likely to stick around for evening events (the evening sloshing as I like to call it) because it is very easy to just go home. So there is an issue w/ making yourself network--or is that just me. But I also need Queens b/c the residency runs from sun-sat so I can adequately use up my vacation.

The expense was one of my biggest concerns, but I am so glad I did it. I needed this. I needed to really be around people who are writers and to feel like a writer (poet) again when I had let too much of that slide.

I am surprisingly able to balance my full time job and the program w/ out much trouble. My biggest problem is that I would like to lose some weight but fitting in exercise as well is a bit of a pickle.

Congrats on your selections and good luck choosing :)


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Dark Horse


Mar 29, 2007, 12:04 PM

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Well, I suppose it's kind of a minor nightmare to balance the demands of the program (I'm at Warren Wilson, in fiction) with any kind of job or family life and yes, I worry that I'm taking money away from a future that'll be cash-strapped enough even beforehand. But...it's worth it. I think it's worth it. And I think if you want to write at all, those issues are going to exist about "balance" and whether you oughtn't to be putting your time and money elsewhere. To that extent, I think the program only teases out the tensions that already exist.

For what it's worth, I love Warren Wilson. Every second of it really. And the residencies are a gas. You pretty much wish they'd never end. So...good luck to all who are applying. I suspect the other programs are comparably exciting for the people who attend them, so would imagine Vermont or Lesley or Queens (I was hugely impressed with Queens, actually, and with Fred Lebron when I spoke with him) are fine choices no less.


naristy


Mar 29, 2007, 1:29 PM

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Lesley [In reply to] Can't Post

Lesley says they will be notifying about decisions "over the next couple of weeks." There have been acceptances already though, which makes me wonder for the rest of us despite the school's rolling admissions.


writerle


Mar 29, 2007, 7:25 PM

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It can be a challenge balancing work, family, and school. But I agree with everyone else here that it is definitely worth it. I have four kids, so I can understand your dilemma.

I live in California and was accepted to two programs, one about two hours from my house and the other on the opposite side of the country. It was a difficult decision and I agonized over it for some time, but ultimately, I decided to go to Vermont College. One of the major factors in my decision was the fear that, if I chose a program close to home, I would lose some of the experience of the residency. I was afraid I might by too accessible and miss out on a lot of things.

My first residency at Vermont was very difficult. I was quite homesick and I felt very guilty leaving my family. But I returned to California 11 days later and found that my husband and kids had managed perfectly fine without me. I'm amazed how supportive they have been of my decision to go back to school.

The residencies get easier with time. Now, in between residencies, I actually find myself looking forward to the next one. They are so invigorating and intellectually stimulating. It's the only time I get a chance to immerse myself in the writing world. I know I'll definitely miss it when it's all over.

Yes, the financial investment is a concern, but I try not to stress over it too much. This is something that I'm doing for myself, a dream I've had for many years. I know this program has made me a better writer, but it has also made me a happier, more well-rounded human being. It's difficult to put a price on something like that.


Rambler


Mar 30, 2007, 7:04 PM

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Re: [rachellauren12] Rejected [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for responding. Could you tell me when you sent in your application? Was it significantly before the deadline?
Just a little paranoid...just wanting to get in. :)


jerry u


Mar 31, 2007, 4:17 PM

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Rejected at Queens [In reply to] Can't Post

By letter today.


Rambler


Mar 31, 2007, 10:45 PM

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jerry u,
So sorry for your news. I guess I should avoid my mailbox. Can you tell me roughly when you sent in your application?


jerry u


Apr 1, 2007, 4:05 PM

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I sent it in mid-February. The letter said that they had many more applicants this year than in previous years.

Good luck to you.


naristy


Apr 1, 2007, 6:50 PM

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So sorry. Hope you fare better with Lesley. Not much better on this end. Pretty sure my last two will be "NO"s. But, off to the beach for a week. At this point distance between me and my mailbox can only be good. Good luck!


lgburroughs


Apr 2, 2007, 10:01 PM

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I've been accepted to Vermont College, University of Nebraska Omaha and Murrays State University. I am very interested in hearing from current students & alumni of these schools or anyone with insight into their reputation in the writing community. In particular, I'd like to know if anyone has anything in particular to say about the faculty of any of the three - or - the situation with Vermont College being sold.

(A note: The only school I'm still waiting to hear from is Bennington.)

Thanks in advance.


ck102


Apr 3, 2007, 5:25 AM

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Hi, I was wondering if a current student or alum could tell me more about their experience at Lesley. At least from what I've read on this forum, it seems to be everyone's safety school--am I mistaken?

The thing is, I'm considering going there over Warren Wilson and Bennington. Are WW and Bennington just hypes, or is there a reason why they're more popular other than their reputation?


amarier


Apr 3, 2007, 9:10 AM

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I'm a student at Lesley, and I'd be happy to tell you about it. you can PM me if you like. briefly, hard to say if it's everyone's 'safety school'-- i couldn't say. it wasn't a safety school for me. i applied only to schools i really would have gone to... i think the notion of 'safety schools' has been discussed on the boards here before, but i would hope other people are also only applying to schools they're serious about. i mean, it's difficult to rank programs. you have to figure out what's right for you. towards the end of my application process, lesley was in my top two along with WW (though I didn't get in at WW). The interdisciplinary study was definitely a plus for me... are WW and Bennington hypes? probably not. i have a good friend who was at WW and loved it (in for poetry). However, I really love Lesley. I can't imagine a faculty more supportive and wonderful, and I can't imagine having gone elsewhere. My mentors have been more helpful--in terms of their critiques of my stories, and just their encouragement in general--than I could have hoped for. I realize this all sounds a little general-- I can give you more detailed info in a PM. Have you talked to students at Bennington and WW as well?

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Hi, I was wondering if a current student or alum could tell me more about their experience at Lesley. At least from what I've read on this forum, it seems to be everyone's safety school--am I mistaken?

The thing is, I'm considering going there over Warren Wilson and Bennington. Are WW and Bennington just hypes, or is there a reason why they're more popular other than their reputation?



(This post was edited by amarier on Apr 3, 2007, 12:00 PM)


writerle


Apr 3, 2007, 11:35 AM

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I am currently a student at Vermont College and I would be happy to tell you anything you would like to know. Feel free to PM me if you would like.

The faculty members at VC are excellent. In my opinion, one of the best aspects of a low residency program is the opportunity it affords to work one-on-one with a faculty member. I've learned so much in such a short time. Everyone at Vermont is wonderful. The faculty has such a wide range of styles and areas of interest, so each semester is completely different depending on who you are working with.

As far as the sale of the college goes, it is still in the very early stages of the process. We have all been assured that the sale will not negatively affect our experience in the program and that the sale will not be complete until everything (including proper accreditation) is in place. So far, nothing has changed, and future changes that are being discussed all seem to be positive. It seems to me (and everyone else I've talked to about this at VC) that breaking away from UI&U and forming an idependant college (the new school will be called the Vermont College of Fine Arts) will be a good thing and we're all very excited about what the future has in store.

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.


hamlet3145


Apr 3, 2007, 12:00 PM

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Re: [writerle] Goucher [In reply to] Can't Post

Just curious: who's buying VC?


hamlet3145


Apr 3, 2007, 12:04 PM

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Oh, scratch that--just found a good article about it: http://www.timesargus.com/...03300380/1002/NEWS01


lgburroughs


Apr 3, 2007, 6:24 PM

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Writerle,
Thanks for replying! I spoke with Melissa Fisher today at length about the sale and felt very satisfied with the answers. It seem as if both faculty and current students are all very excited about the change, which is a key indicator as far as I'm concerned.

Just curious ?s:
What made you choose VC over other schools?
What do you think of Montpelier? (I'm a Southern and West Coast girl, so I have no clue!)
Are you doing/interested in the Slovakia residency?

Thanks.


writerle


Apr 3, 2007, 6:59 PM

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Actually, one of the reasons I chose Vermont College was specifically because it was not on the West Coast. I grew up in California and have spent most of my life here and it just seemed like I was ready to try something new. Also, I had read many books by the faculty at VC and I was quite impressed by the quality and range of the writing. VC is one of the oldest low res programs around and has produced a fairly impressive list of alumnae (Wally Lamb, Carol Anshaw, Jo-Ann Mapson).

Before I started the program, I had never been east of the Mississippi. After two residencies, I am in love with Vermont. Montpelier is a lovely little city. The VC campus is located on a hill about a mile from downtown. There are a couple of really good independent bookstores in town, some good restaurants, a really cool co-op where they sell all kinds of stuff. Vermont is beautiful - green, lots of trees, clean air - all of the things that are in rather short supply in So-Cal.

I did consider the Slovenia residency and would have loved to go, but unfortunately, I just couldn't afford it. There are some extra fees associated with the residency and, from the West Coast, the plane ticket alone would have cost around $2000. I've talked to people who have gone and they all said it was definitely worth it. If you can afford it, you should consider going.


lgburroughs


Apr 3, 2007, 8:07 PM

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That's cool. I went to undergrad at Univ of the Pacific (Stockton), but I grew up in Texas. Lived in Oregon for a while, now living in Georgia. Never really been to the East Coast except for the Big Apple.

I am leaning toward VC, but still haven't completely made up my mind.

Completely random ?, but is there a campus bookstore for VC like most schools have? I couldn't find one online.

Another ? - Do you get to choose your mentor prof each semester, or are they chosen for you?

Also, what is your area? I was accepted in poetry, but if I go, I'll apply to have dual concentration in fiction.




writerle


Apr 3, 2007, 8:53 PM

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VC does have a small campus bookstore which has a limited number of hours during each residency. Mostly, they sell faculty and alumnae books and copies of the lecture tapes, T shirts, stuff like that.

You do get some say in who your faculty mentor will be each semester. First semester, you basically pick eight names (in no particular order) and you get one of your eight choices. Second semester, you pick six names and get to put them in the order of preference. By fourth semester, you only have to choose three faculty members, and most of the time, you will get your top choice.

I'm in fiction, but I do know several students who are doing a dual concentration in fiction and poetry. I believe it requires a fifth semester to do that.


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Apr 3, 2007, 11:45 PM

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I'll just put in a word for Montpelier. It's one of my favorite smallish towns, and the only state capital without a McDonald's. You can walk almost the whole town from the VC campus, and in the summer there is a New England Collegiate Baseball League team that plays in the town park. Also a pretty good local theater group, Lost Nation.


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lgburroughs


Apr 4, 2007, 10:25 AM

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Thanks for all the responses re: VC!

Anybody out there have any comments about Univ Nebraska Omaha or Murray State?


koh1977


Apr 5, 2007, 11:59 AM

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Well, I was accepted to both Lesley and Pine Manor in chidlren's/YA writing and I just declined Lesley and accepted Pine Manor's offer...I like the idea of being part of something so new and their faculty seem great. I think it'll be a nice fit for me personally.

I too am worried about being gone for 10 days from my family (my son will be 9 months old) and then balancing everything, especially when the school year starts (I'm a high school English teacher, so lots of grading), BUT this is something I really wanted to do...And it's the only way I'm going to get to teach college and make time for doing what I want to do - write.


greenandblue


Apr 6, 2007, 12:56 PM

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Hi,

I have been evaluating low-residency programs. Unlike regular programs, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of ranking information, possibly because many of the programs are so new. I know rankings are just opinions, and a highly-ranked program isn't necessarly the right program for everyone, but I would like to know which programs are the most respected. Is there a ranking online that someone can point me to? Or, do people have opinions they want to share? From earlier posts, it looks like Warren Wilson and Bennington would be at the top of many people's lists. What about after that?

Thanks!


sfische


Apr 6, 2007, 5:14 PM

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green and blue:

I hear people mention bennington and warren wilson and goddard and vermont and antioch, but I'm probably forgetting tons. I'm sure more people will add their thoughts.

But on this note of "respectability," I swear to god if I tell another person I'm going to partial residency school and they role their eyes and give me that "Ohhh. He's going to internet school" look I'm gonna snap. Does anyone have any ideas for whitty retorts to people's snobbishness? It is not internet school, goddammit, and we actually do more writing than people in full residency programs. That's about all I can come up with. Any thoughts?


(This post was edited by sfische on Apr 7, 2007, 12:37 AM)

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