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kvandegraaf


Feb 5, 2009, 12:26 PM

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Re: [kvandegraaf] [In reply to] Can't Post

Also, the only acceptances I have seen so far are from the English Lit PhD ones. That's what's posted over at Gradcafe, et al. Umass may have more detailed information than I do, though.


chitown


Feb 5, 2009, 12:27 PM

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Thanks. And I donít know if this is true for everyone, but I believe people who were accepted already received a letter.


betp


Feb 5, 2009, 4:37 PM

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how do you find these? oh man, i probably had some uic online number i was suppossed to save and didn't...


kvandegraaf


Feb 5, 2009, 4:42 PM

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Did you apply online? If you log back into the same website that you used to apply (Graduate Domestic), you should be able to access your original application. It will be under a section that says submitted applications. It should should you a form-like sheet with a line titled "Decision."

Actually, here's the link from the email I have. That should allow you to log in with your application name and password. Mine still says Pending, unfortunately. Maybe that means they just haven't gotten around to rejecting me. Who knows?


betp


Feb 5, 2009, 4:46 PM

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thanks for the link: this is great. as soon as i get home from work, i'm going to look for the name/password.


kvandegraaf


Feb 5, 2009, 4:51 PM

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Haha. "Great" is relative. It's nice to have access to the information so easily, but you might be singing a different tune in a few days after you've convinced yourself that it's totally possible that the decision has been posted in the 15 minutes since you checked the screen. ;)


RaoulDuke
Cobra Cobachi

Feb 9, 2009, 4:18 PM

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A friend of mine recently heard positively from Florida State and S. Miss: FSU with full funding, S. Miss no word yet on funding. (Poetry).

Rick


found


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Feb 9, 2009, 5:58 PM

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a friend of mine said she got her s. mississippi acceptance in the mail today (fiction)


http://foundinfiction.blogspot.com/


loaf

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Feb 17, 2009, 4:05 PM

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Just got a rejection letter from University of Illinois at Chicago. :(


kvandegraaf


Feb 17, 2009, 6:45 PM

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Hang in there, loaf! I think a bunch of us are waiting with you. For what it's worth, I've got my twin rejection letter from UIC over here. Honestly, though, I had a really hard time getting a read on that department from the website. In the end, I applied mostly for location (I have a spouse re-locating with me), and I'm sure that didn't help my application. I sure wish some of the other schools would hurry up!

I did get an acceptance to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in poetry with full funding, though! It seems like a great program/department and a very good match for me in terms of interests, so I'm pretty pleased with the opportunity to study there. If anyone has any info about that program that they'd be willing to share, I'd love to hear it.

Fingers crossed for more news soon...ohhhh the waiting.


loaf

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Feb 17, 2009, 7:01 PM

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Milwaukee is my first choice (because of location and spouse coming with me too)! When did you hear? Did they call you? Congrats!

A good friend of mine at UIC told me he doesn't think they're taking any new PhDs because they had a few deferrals from last year and budget issues, which seems a common theme.


umass76


Feb 17, 2009, 7:11 PM

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I can say for certain that UIC is taking Ph.D. candidates. I was accepted (in poetry) during the last week of January, and my letter said that they accepted 4% of 250 applicants. FWIW.

Best,
S.


kvandegraaf


Feb 17, 2009, 7:18 PM

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I heard a couple weeks ago, on 1/30. They did award me some university-wide funding, I believe, so it's possible that they notified me earlier than some other admits. I'm afraid I have no inside info in terms of whether or not they're done making offers for the year. Milwaukee seems like a really great town, so I don't blame you for putting them tops for location. Isn't it hard having a spouse to consider in this crazy process? Not that I'd choose the alternative, but...

Honestly, I thought I would have heard from at least another school or two by this point -- even if it was just a rejection. I feel like things are moving a bit slower/later than previous years, but maybe that's just because I'm the one waiting this time. March can't come soon enough!


betp


Feb 18, 2009, 1:02 AM

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congrats on milwaukee! i hear that uw-m is really a great program! (& not far from chicago, which is really nice.) i've spent a lot of time in milwaukee (family there) & it's an up and coming city. lots of neat art stuff and the downtown is getting better and better--some great restaurants, etc.

i also got an acceptance--over at missouri (& am very happy!) i'm really excited about the faculty, but don't know a whole lot else about the program-- anyone have any missouri insight ?


theootto


Feb 18, 2009, 2:07 PM

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betp,
Congrats on Mizzou! That's neat. I have family in the midwest and some friends in the area, so i've been crossing my fingers for an acceptance. Did they tell you about how many apps they got this year?


betp


Feb 18, 2009, 2:18 PM

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they didn't--sorry! i should have asked more questions, but i was so surprised when scott cairns called that our conversation lasted maybe 5 minutes, if that, and was mostly me saying "i'm so thrilled."

i don't actually even know how large the program is. what genre are you applying? (i'll cross my fingers for you!) it seems like a fantastic program, from what i can tell. i'm hoping to go visit.


theootto


Feb 18, 2009, 2:26 PM

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I'm fiction--I think i remember that you're nonfiction--and I've heard it's just a wonderful program. You should definitely visit! One of the poetry people from last year's round of applications (stephkarto?) just raved about visiting Columbia.

How separate is the nonfiction genre from the fiction genre? Would they combine the two for workshops (i think they do at some programs)?

Thank you for crossing your fingers! And congrats again. Very impressive!!


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Feb 18, 2009, 5:58 PM

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betp--

congrats on Missouri! I got in here last year and am currently here (and loving it) for poetry. Feel free to backchannel me any time. I love this program (...she says so far...) as much as I loved going to Florida for my MFA so many years ago and would definitely jump at the chance to tell anyone who got in to take that admissions offer without reservation.

take care,
Stephanie


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Feb 18, 2009, 6:05 PM

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theotto---

you asked about combining workshops at Mizzou. They don't quite do that, but any CRW student is required to take 3 workshops within his/her genre and can elect to take a 4th workshop in another genre.

That said, there are numerous people here whose writing spans numerous genres; one of my friends here is a nonfiction student (4th year) who is teaching a fiction workshop. Another (very good) friend is a nonfiction student who, during her MFA program, took poetry workshops and actively submits her work to lit mags. Another first year is a nonfiction student whose mfa focus was poetry. And the permutations of cross-genre-love continue and continue (as they do within the faculty; Scott Cairns, who is first and foremost a poet, also writes spiritual memoir and travel memoir).

Anyone with questions on Mizzou--I am totally more than happy to share my experiences. On the school, on the town, on finding an apartment, on my transition to the town (Columbia) from Boston, on dealing with airports and car-related things, on situations like mine if you are in that boat of going back to school after 5 years of not being a student and never before having taken a lit class that involved literary theory, etc.

If you got into Mizzou, know that they accepted you because they REALLY want you. People told me that when I got in here, and my insecurities left, in the back of my head, this huge question of "really? you mean I'm not a charity case?" But in all honesty, the faculty here is incredibly careful about their decisions and incredibly ready to put their faith in whomever they offer a spot.

Good luck to everyone who has applied to schools this year! It's such a tough thing, and I definitely feel lucky to have gotten in somewhere.

All the best,
Stephanie


graygirlwaiting


Feb 18, 2009, 6:10 PM

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I know Seth over at TSE is keeping us up to date...

But what PhD programs (of the few out there) have reported so far?


theootto


Feb 18, 2009, 7:21 PM

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Thanks for the info, stephkarto1! I've read many of your posts from last year, and so appreciate how thoughtful (and honest) your responses are. I've been trying not to freak out about the waiting, but hearing that Mizzou has contacted folks definitely bummed me out such that I've now nearly exhausted my officemate's snack supply (he's the only one at my job who knows I applied to (very few) programs). Anyway, I'm glad you're still loving Mizzou, and thank you for your response.


betp


Feb 18, 2009, 11:04 PM

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steph: fantastic to hear from you: thanks! mizzou was my top choice pre-applying, so i'm really excited about it. i think i'll gather together a few questions and send them your way via message! i really am thrilled to hear that you're liking the program!

and thanks for the encouragement about the faculty liking our stuff--i've been dying to work with maureen and scott (both favorite writers of mine) & was shocked/thrilled when scott called. i sort of panicked the next morning that it wasn't for real (thankfully he had left a voice message, that i've listened to about five times.)

well, actually, before i get my real wits together, couple of initial questions for you (and thanks again for getting in touch!) how's the faculty been so far? the student community? and how big is the program at mizzou? anything you've particularly loved out there?

i'm from chicago (so much larger) but hear that columbia's a pretty nice city.

man, i'm so excited about this! thanks!


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Feb 19, 2009, 12:02 PM

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betp--

we should offline this soon, but to address your questions (which I think others can benefit from) I will write here.

When I got accepted, I literally was jumping up and down. No, wait, when Scott called my cell phone I was at my stupid Cubicle Farm job and ran out into the hallway with the elevator banks and was jumping up and down and screaming with excitement. I was stunned and insane and crazy and really could only handle being on the phone for 5 minutes. I could not believe that I--with my uber-shitty GRE scores and my poems that had not been published in any recognizable places (and not many places at all)--was actually one of the couple of poets they accepted out of all of those applications. I got a call on a Wednesday. I couldn't sleep. I was insane with excitement. Thursday night/Friday morning it was bugging me so much, and I didn't think it actually happened, so something like 4 AM I e-mailed Scott and asked him outright if he was playing a "sick joke" on me or if I was really accepted. He e-mailed me back and said it was all for real.

So that's my experience. So you're not alone.

Now let's see, for your questions:

The program is reasonably sized. It can seem large, in the sense that people tend to be really social and there's often stuff going on, but within each genre there are not TOO many people. Non-fiction is very small. My friends N and D are non-fictioners (N is 4th year and D, her fiance, is 3rd year). My dear friend L is a fellow first-year student and a CNFer. There is one other first-year CNFer. I am one of 2 poets first-year students (well 3, because there is one poetry master's student...), and there is only 1 poetry second-year student. This year there were 3 fiction students (including Joe Aguilar, who wrote on these boards last year) for PhD and one for master's. The typical rule of thumb is 2-3 per genre and maybe 1 accepted for master's each year.

The student community is interesting and awesome. There are a few neighborhoods where a lot of people tend to live (they're close to campus and far easier to walk/bike than drive...), but there are people who live a bit farther out. A lot is always happening, there are a good deal of social things, people tend to go to each other's readings and events and are generally supportive, and people tend to run into each other at the same coffee shops/bars/movie theaters (well there is only one independent movie theater...). The students in the creative writing program tend to really be VERY well intermingled with the lit students (in my MFA program, as contrast, there was a really big split between creative writing and lit, especially the theory crowd). I think part of that is because while it's a creative writing PhD, it is ultimately a CRW and *lit* PhD. You take lit classes. Your teaching opportunities are all writing and lit, just like everyone else. Your professionalization is just the same as everyone else. When you prepare for comps, you have your creative field as well as a scholarly field. Theory, to some extent, *must* be included.

There's a lot that I came to love, rather quickly, about this place. The campus is gorgeous. The support I have had--not only academically and creatively but also with "life" stuff--from faculty, and the way they have treated me so easily as a friend and not just a student--has made a big difference. There are a few things around here in the downtown area that remind me of my favorite neighborhoods back in Boston (good coffee shops, an amazing ice cream place, a couple of good places to hear music and grab a drink...). The independent theater here is awesome. The fact that a large part of the downtown area is pretty dedicated to independent businesses and a sort of "grassroots"-y mentality is big. The fact that this county--Boone--was the "blue" spot in the elections and that CoMo was sort of the "hub" of mid-Missouri Obama support and activity was big for me. The farmer's market is great. Rent is very inexpensive (especially having come from Boston...). The English department offers a good handful of publishing internships for class credit each year (right now I am doing an internship with the poetry series of Persea Books--the wife of the poetry editor is a professor on campus, so the editor, Gabe, telecommutes to Persea's office in NYC and now has this awesome internship...). The fact that when I came here even for this 'welcome day' visit people knew my name and were excited to talk to me--and lit professors made sure that I sat down and talked with them and they told me how psyched they were for me to come--was HUGE.

If you are accepted, you are *wanted.* Hardcore. And this town, while not Chicago (or Boston, or DC where L came from, or Pittsburgh, where a couple of people came from, or LA, or NYC, or...), is a pretty good place to be living in a rather limited income. The people are really supportive, and there is a surprisingly active literary and arts scene for a town that is smack dab in the center of the state and, really, the belly button of the country.

There's a lot I love. Of course there is more that you and I can talk about in private messages, but THIS stuff I think everyone would benefit from!


loaf

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Feb 23, 2009, 6:34 PM

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Just got my acceptance letter from Milwaukee! They said I'm on the list for a TAship but that "that process is still ongoing" so I guess it's not official yet.

Anyway, kvandegraaf, looks like I might see you in Wisconsin in the Fall!

This is great news for me to have before I defend my MFA thesis on Thursday!


theootto


Feb 23, 2009, 6:50 PM

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That's just wonderful, loaf! Major congrats to you! I hope the TA stuff all pans out! Good luck with your thesis defense!

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