Jeanne Lyet Gassman
Apr 27, 2009, 12:46 PM
Post #2030 of 2687
I don't think age is an issue in most of the low-res programs. In my MFA program, the ages range from mid-twenties to early seventies. I'm a woman "of a certain age" (slightly over 50), and I've never experienced any age discrimination at my program. In fact, I think my life experience gives me an advantage over students who are fresh out of college. I've read more, lived more, and seen more, giving me a larger pool of ideas for my work.
Re: [silkentent] Deadlines And Bennington
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When I applied to low-res programs, I asked each one of them about the age factor. I was worried that I would be one of the oldest students there. They all assured me that I was somewhere "in the middle."
Your rejection may have been due to something you said in your essay, or could have been the writing sample, or the number of outstanding applicants vying for limited openings, or any one of a dozen other factors. It's impossible to say.
Just my thoughts...