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clarabow


Apr 4, 2006, 9:03 PM

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from what i've heard, the hunter program is one of those schools that is rumored to make big waves when the next rankings come out...and i won't be surprised. it's got a stellar repuation and the students coming out of the program have been doing pretty well for themselves in recent years.


rocky_fona


Apr 4, 2006, 9:43 PM

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I agree with Clara. In fact, the faculty at Hollins have quite a stellar repuation amongst the faculty at other programs...


rusty_bucket


Apr 5, 2006, 8:26 AM

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Sigh...
yeah. (Rocky I'm assuming you mean Hunter, not Hollins, although I'm sure the same is true for Hollins.)

Congratulations on BK, Gezelle, and enjoy it. Marie Ponsot has great things to say about the faculty there, and of course about the CUNY system in general.

I will let you know (I'll be letting everybody know, believe me) if I hear from Hunter.

Cheers.


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I agree with Clara. In fact, the faculty at Hollins have quite a stellar repuation amongst the faculty at other programs...



harko


Jun 11, 2006, 5:20 PM

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So, I have been accepted to Hunter, Brooklyn and City for the MFA(poetry). But, beleive it or not, Hunter is out for me. I met with a certain poet who teaches at Hunter, and is an adviser...she made me feel like I was in the presence of the high priestess of poetry! Very stuck up and presumptuous. I didn't have to think twice about rejecting hunter.

On the other hand, Asekoff at Brooklyn and Abrams at City, both of whom head the programs at those two, couldn't be nicer. This is important. I want to work with people I get a good vibe from, and who take interest in students they meet without pre-judgments.

Between the two, what do you guys recommend? What's the word?


jrea10010


Jun 16, 2006, 4:50 AM

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So, I'm going to City College in the Fall as well. Am a eager beaver to meet y'all.
I don't know Brooklyn's program directly, and didn't apply there (because I was busy getting in my application into Hunter and I too was REJECTED there -- though not w/ tenterhooking phone call) but I can describe the neighb for folks as I live in Midwood.
I think Harlem's cooler. But then I tend to go for arroz con habichuelas more than kosher. Brooklyn is in Midwood, which has a huge Jewish demographic -- others may differ in their assessment of its coolness.
I just want to say w/r/t bureaucratic incompetence: I think that's what tends to happen when you go to a budget-strapped school. Doesn't mean that the progam itself won't be fantastic, bureaucratic troubles aside.
So, erm, City College folks, wanna talk about Fall?


ottorinophc


Apr 12, 2007, 1:17 AM

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hey. i was accepted to hunter's mfa program (poetry) for 2007.
just interested in meeting anybody who is either in the program already, or going this year.


Lglabor


Apr 13, 2007, 10:34 AM

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I'm on the verge of applying or not applying to CCNY (the deadline is May 1). I've met with Linsey Abrams and liked her, like the program, but I work full-time and at 42 credits it would take forever to finish one class per semester. I'm having lunch today with someone who dropped out to hear what she has to say about it. City is my last possible shot at an MFA ever (all the other CUNY schools require you to go full-time) but because of my own unique set of circumstances I'm wildly vacillating about whether to try it. I'd love it if you'd PM me so we could talk further. Thanks.


piratelizzy


Apr 13, 2007, 10:55 AM

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LG,

A few years ago I was working as a graphic artist for a startup magazine. This required about 60-70-hour weeks sometimes. I was also taking three classes at a local university. You can and should do more than one class per semester toward your MFA, even if you're working full-time. If you have kids, obviously this option is out the window. You will be exhausted, and it does require some flexibility on the part of your employer. In exchange for all that work, my supervisor allowed me to come in later in the morning and/or take off during the day when I needed to get to class. I kept this up for two years and earned 32 credits. I was resentful of my own drive and ambition at times, I felt like throwing in the towel a lot, and I did have to make a point of sleeping and eating well. I had no life outside of school and work. So, it's not ideal, but it's doable.


'sup?!


jaywalke


Apr 13, 2007, 12:21 PM

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LG:

I plan on doing a MFA while working full time, too, either locally or low-residency. If I end up in a traditional program, I'll start at two classes per semester (six hours) then ratchet it up to three later with thesis hours. Right now I work full time while taking one grad course at night and it doesn't even slow me down, so two shouldn't be a real hardship.

It depends quite a bit on your job. Does it follow you home? Are you on call? I'm lucky in that when I walk out the door at 5pm, I forget the place exists until I return the next day. The other big factor of blessed freedom is: NO KIDS!

Since you are talking about NY, be sure to factor in commuting when deciding how to work this. Depending on where you live, you may spend more time traveling than in class, which takes huge chunks out of your week. If you can get classes that fall on the same day(s), it might be more economical to take two rather than one.


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tenderloner
Geary'n Hyde

Apr 13, 2007, 6:19 PM

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LG, were you accepted to Hunter or just replying to this thread about CUNY schools? If Hunter, I did see something about them allowing students to attend part time, but not sure how strict they were about what constituted an exceptional situation or whatever.

It's worth a phone call, anyway.


Lglabor


Apr 13, 2007, 6:24 PM

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No, I didn't apply to Hunter because I could have sworn their website was clear about only permitting full-time study. If that's not the case maybe I'll try next year. I work in Manhattan and live in Queens so Hunter would be much less shlepping than City.


v1ctorya


Apr 13, 2007, 9:04 PM

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No, I didn't apply to Hunter because I could have sworn their website was clear about only permitting full-time study. If that's not the case maybe I'll try next year. I work in Manhattan and live in Queens so Hunter would be much less shlepping than City.



Actually, if I remember correctly, the site did say that classes start at 5:30 pm or later and the readings that you are expected to go to are around 7 pm at night or so, I think when I was looking it was around 3 nights a week in classes and I just didn't think I could take that with my work schedule.

As for CUNY, I teach a class there now and I even though it's not in the English dept. I can tell you the dedication of the older students is phenomenal. However, the core of the administration is overworked severely, when I was taking a grad class there to test the waters i had no admin. support, it was hard for me. And it's literaly an uphill battle, there's this huge hill you have to go up to get to the college and one side is never salted when it gets iced in the winter.

Best of luck! It's never an easy decision, is it?


tenderloner
Geary'n Hyde

Apr 13, 2007, 10:16 PM

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Yes, that's what I recall, too, classes mostly after 5:30 and readings once a week at 7. That's manageable for many people with a FT job. I think NYU said something similar and they also allow PT attendance and to stretch the program over up to 5 years.


Lglabor


Apr 14, 2007, 3:18 PM

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But the thing is that NYU specifically permits students to take as little as one class per semester, and Hunter specifically, unless I misread it, does not permit this. It's not a question, only, of class times and so on, it's how part-time you can be, and Hunter won't have it. Again, unless I misread it, which, actually, I doubt. I was very disappointed earlier in this process when I found out the same about Brooklyn and the new program at Queens College. I spoke with the heads of each program and they were clear that you have to enroll as a full-time student. Yes, the classes are at night, but you're required to take a full load.

And yeah, I know that City hill, and I did wonder how hard it must be in icy conditions.


nachocheese


Apr 15, 2007, 8:53 AM

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This may be wrong, but I have heard from someone at Brooklyn that they took the program part time?


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But the thing is that NYU specifically permits students to take as little as one class per semester, and Hunter specifically, unless I misread it, does not permit this. It's not a question, only, of class times and so on, it's how part-time you can be, and Hunter won't have it. Again, unless I misread it, which, actually, I doubt. I was very disappointed earlier in this process when I found out the same about Brooklyn and the new program at Queens College. I spoke with the heads of each program and they were clear that you have to enroll as a full-time student. Yes, the classes are at night, but you're required to take a full load.

And yeah, I know that City hill, and I did wonder how hard it must be in icy conditions.



vmalone
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Feb 9, 2008, 9:38 PM

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I just wanted to start up this thread again and see if anyone else out there applied to Hunter for fall 08. I applied in memoir. anyone else?


sas998


Feb 11, 2008, 11:57 AM

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vmalone
Vanessa
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Feb 11, 2008, 12:33 PM

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Hey Sas, I dont think your response posted.


sas998


Feb 11, 2008, 1:13 PM

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Yes. I think you might have been correct....I wanted to let you know that I also applied to the program and hope to make it- the program sounds amazing. this year i applied to 8 instead of the 4 I applied to last year..all negatives. how many did you apply to?


vmalone
Vanessa
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Feb 11, 2008, 1:18 PM

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Unfortunetly, I only applied to four, which I am now really regretting. I may be in the same boat as you were in last year and have to do this all over again. But i really hope not. I'm pretty excited about Hunter. I applied in Memoir. And in CNF to UNCW, Goucher, and Lesley. What about you?


sas998


Feb 11, 2008, 1:23 PM

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CNF - UNCW, Emerson, UNH, U of Maryland-Boston, Hollins, George Mason, Penn state, American...and I realized I made up a word on my statement of intent. But don't worry about the four-- if nothing happens this year, you'll have a year to plan and pick others. Though, I once again, procrastinated a bit. We'll see. I am hoping above hope though. And staying confident. I don't know if you're an "Office" fan, but I stare intently at my desktop daily-- "Stay Confident and You'll Always Know that Bob Vance Loves You."

-Hope that helps.


vmalone
Vanessa
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Feb 11, 2008, 2:08 PM

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I am a huge office fan, so yes, that does help! Maybe we'll see eachother next fall at Hunter or UNCW. I too am going to stay positive. Keep me posted if you hear from anybody and good luck!


vmalone
Vanessa
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Feb 11, 2008, 2:15 PM

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by the way, if it makes you feel any better, i found a typo in the last line of my UNCW SOP right after i mailed it. I had a heart attack for a few days, pissed that i'd wasted the 45 app fee when they would likely throw my application away immediately. But now i've calmed a bit and am letting fate take its course.


vmalone
Vanessa
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Feb 12, 2008, 2:02 AM

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did anyone who applied to hunter have their app. fee checks cashed yet? mine hasnt been and Im suddenly nervous my packet didnt arrive at all...


sas998


Feb 12, 2008, 9:55 AM

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.....they didn't deposit mine either!!!! what does that mean?!?!!!

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