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Rambler


Feb 12, 2010, 7:10 PM

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Re: [rneighb] PhD CW programs [In reply to] Can't Post

Completely freaked out over the FSU email. Yeah, rneighb, I'm with you. The first paragraph made me brace myself for the rejection part. But it sounded to me like the for sure yeses and nos had been made. Just the long waitlists remained. Anybody else get that email and want to share?


loaf

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Feb 13, 2010, 10:56 AM

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I just might have ended up there. Actually, I didn't realize how cryptic I'd been, but I got my MFA at FSU and am now at Utah, so if anyone has specific questions about those schools (or the decision process in general; I had 3 acceptances and visited each place), feel free to message me. Now that I'm at a school, I don't want to speak to candidly on the public forums.

I know my friends here said they heard around this time from U, but I didn't hear until late March. But I started out on the waiting list and now I'm on fellowship, so there is always hope (up until April 15....though, actually, I think my funding came in after that date, when I'd already accepted U.'s offer...)

Anyway, I am here.

To answer someone else's question about time to write......I was actually just talking to someone about this the other day, and how it is kind of a myth that you go to school to have time to write. Though that's actually not fair. Like I said, I am no fellowship, which means I'm not teaching while I take coursework. Because of that, I've felt a real responsibility to get my ass in gear and really make the best use of my time. Last semester I was writing more (though not all that much...I was a little burnt out from my MFA, and I was more focused on revising my mss than creating new work) and sending work out all the time, and I did have time for that. This semester I'm technically doing less, because I'm only taking two classes, but both of them are extremely demanding, and while I'm loving it, it has been rough not having as much writing time.

When you're doing your coursework, it is just harder to eke out time to write, but that's how it was during the MFA, too, at least for me, going to a lit-heavy program. That's what I, personally, really wanted then, because I was not an English major in undergrad, so there's a lot of gaps in my lit knowledge that I want to fill. I also think that sometimes it's more important to focus on making friends, going to all the events the dept. puts on, go to the visiting writers series and the student readings, volunteer for all kinds of shit. My writing practice has definitely changed since coming here. I actually write every day, but not for as long. Whereas I used to spend entire days writing, now I'll spread it out into little 20-30 minute chunks over the week, which feels like I'm writing all the time, because I'm just letting myself be with the project, even if nothing good comes from it.

Okay, I've rambled on way too long. Continued good luck and crossed fingers for you all!


bktv


Feb 16, 2010, 1:43 PM

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OK, so still no action for me re: creative programs, but I'm going to predict that another school will notify by the end of this week. My money is on either Missouri or Tennessee, based on past years' patterns. Anyone want to choose a different "horse?"

Or maybe someone has heard something else and is just being quiet!


jennymck


Feb 16, 2010, 4:18 PM

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I haven't heard anything but I'd love to know if any others have. This process is always so nerve-wracking!!


abcd

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Feb 16, 2010, 4:43 PM

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I have to admit, my pulse gets a bit fluttery when I see a new post on this thread..."Has someone been notified but not me?" I say to myself. I both want to know and dread the moment of reading bad news.

No news here for me, either. Over the weekend someone reported on TSE that they were waitlisted for Texas Tech. They were notified by email. Seems unlikely waitlisters would be notified before acceptances but alas, no one has reported an acceptance yet for TTU. Or anywhere aside from North Texas, FSU and UIC in fiction, right? Silent bunch of accepted folks! I predict that this week people will hear from TTU, UIC, UW-Milwaukee, and Utah (for acceptance and waitlisters). Mizzou can't be far behind, either.

Good luck everyone!


Rambler


Feb 16, 2010, 4:49 PM

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Dying here. Glad I'm not alone.


rneighb


Feb 16, 2010, 11:13 PM

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Re: [Rambler] Prediction [In reply to] Can't Post

Still quiet on my end, too.


loaf

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Feb 17, 2010, 12:40 AM

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Re: [rneighb] Prediction [In reply to] Can't Post

Just heard Utah is making phone calls to people accepted starting tomorrow. No idea if this is PhD/MFA or both.

But to reiterate and hopefully calm your nerves (because I totally was here last year!), I didn't get my acceptance until late March. Which I suppose means I wasn't their first choice, but oh well. I'm here now. :)

Continued good luck to y'all.


abcd

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Feb 17, 2010, 12:45 AM

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Re: [loaf] Prediction [In reply to] Can't Post

Loaf you are a god/goddess for the aforementioned info! I speak for all when I say THANK YOU!!!


loaf

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Feb 17, 2010, 12:58 AM

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Well, thanks. I do what I can. Hopefully some of you will be my colleagues next year!


rneighb


Feb 17, 2010, 8:21 AM

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I agree with abcd, loaf. Your posts have been extremely helpful. On a side note, how do you like living in Utah?


rneighb


Feb 17, 2010, 11:47 AM

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Kansas [In reply to] Can't Post

Just heard back from my first program of the season.

It's a swing and a miss at U of Kansas via email.


loaf

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Feb 17, 2010, 1:30 PM

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I actually really like Salt Lake. I didn't expect to. But the students and profs I talked to assured me it is better than its reputation. There are a lot of great restaurants, bars, coffeeshops and you can't beat the view. It is incredibly beautiful here, and that was really important to me. I know it's cheesy but I am very inspired by nature, and having such gorgeous mountains still astounds me every time.

There are lots of neat things going on all the time--Sundance just finished, there are lots of great concerts and the weather is really not too bad. I guess we're having a mild winter, but there's no snow on the ground! (In th mountains, sure, but not down in the valley). We'll see what I think of it come summer. :)


loaf

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Feb 17, 2010, 7:10 PM

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Just another update for y'all: Utah did, indeed make their first round of offers today. I don't remember all the numbers, but my friend in the know said they're making offers to 4 poets and 5 fiction writers this year. My year there were 2 poets and 2 fiction writers, so this is great news. And I'm 99% certain they only make offers to people they can fund (for the PhD, anyway).

I'm so excited to find out who my new colleagues will be! So please, if you're one of them, message me and I'm happy to answer all your questions to the best of my ability.


abcd

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Feb 17, 2010, 7:53 PM

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9 instead of 4 is good news! No phone calls here from Utah for me unfortunately. But there are always waitlists! Your experience off the waitlist still give a sprinkle of hopefulness. Anyone get a call?


bktv


Feb 17, 2010, 8:53 PM

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Nothing here from me, but gradcafe is reporting a Utah acceptance, AND a Tennessee acceptance. So, make of that what you will.


HollinsMFAer
Luke Johnson


Feb 17, 2010, 9:08 PM

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Gossip that I am: same friend of mine (link posted above) who got the FSU call also got a Utah call, so a spot at one of those places should be opening up.


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(This post was edited by HollinsMFAer on Feb 17, 2010, 9:09 PM)


LesK
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Feb 17, 2010, 11:01 PM

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Just heard back from my first program of the season.

It's a swing and a miss at U of Kansas via email.

rneighb:

Sorry to hear the bad news. Hang tough, keep on hopin' (and distracting yourself with productive endeavors like reading or even plumbing) and remember waitlist acceptances (in late March) do happen.

-Les


rneighb


Feb 18, 2010, 1:37 AM

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Thanks, Les. I'm trying to stay positive (staying busy isn't a problem; I'm a grad student with a toddler.) This whole process is just so crazy, and the prospect of not getting in anywhere kind of sucks 'cause I don't really have a plan B at this point. Oh well, I think Kansas is a really small program (so the rejection doesn't bruise the ego too badly). Plus, I still have 5 more schools to go. I haven't given up yet.


rneighb


Feb 18, 2010, 8:51 AM

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I think I may have gotten in to Texas A&M's PhD program. I just checked my online status, and it said, "Congratulations, you have been admitted to Texas A&M." It said that I should expect a letter in the mail soon. Surely, that doesn't mean I was just accepted to the graduate school, right? Surely, the English department would have to okay my admittance, right? *fingers crossed*


burgher


Feb 18, 2010, 8:55 AM

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That's almost certainly an acceptance, rneighb - congrats! I can't imagine how it isn't, in fact. Typically, an MFA or PhD program will select applications for admittance, then confirm with the grad school. So that looks very, very good!


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Feb 18, 2010, 9:37 AM

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Does Texas A&M offer a PhD in creative writing? If so, when did this happen?


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rneighb


Feb 18, 2010, 10:32 AM

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Technically, it's a PhD program in English with a concentration in CW, but yeah, they do. Students in the concentration take several CW courses and then write a creative dissertation (plus one critical chapter).

I'm not sure how long they've had the concentration. I'm fairly certain it was on TSE's ranking of PhD programs, dealing with which programs applicants were applying to (I think it got an honorable mention or something). I have noticed that it is not on TSE's application responses list, though.


bktv


Feb 18, 2010, 12:07 PM

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Re: [rneighb] Texas A&M [In reply to] Can't Post

Congrats rneighb!


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Feb 18, 2010, 12:44 PM

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Thanks! I didn't know that. This is going to make one of my friends very happy.

(Also: congratulations!)


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