Mar 30, 2007, 10:45 PM
Post #116 of 213
2009 or 2010? Wow, talk about not procrastinating. That's quite a bit of advance planning you're doing.
Re: [seemingmeaning] MFA General questions
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I find this very interesting. Do/did most people put this much pre-planning into their application process? Personally, getting an MFA had been something I'd tossed around for three years since graduating college, but I didn't do any work toward applying until August 2006, when I knew for sure that going for an MFA was what I wanted. Asking my references for letters of rec was the moment that I officially felt like I was "on the clock", point of no return. I did all the application work in the subsequent five or so months*. If I'd made up my mind to pursue an MFA, I don't think I would have the patience to let an application cycle pass by, much less two, unless I had some sort of prior commitment that I knew would preclude me from enrolling earlier.
By the way, since UW-Madison is your top choice, you should keep in mind that they accept poetry and fiction students in alternating years. The fiction classes are entering fall of 2008 and fall of 2010. I almost certainly would have applied there had they been accepting fiction writers for this incoming class. So you either have nine months or two years and nine months to apply to UW-Madison!
*Of course I was still working on my writing before then (though not specifically with MFA in mind) and I was already casually studying for the GRE (if by "study" you count subscribing to a bunch of Word of the Day email lists). This was my version of early preparation.
That's good. I think I am certain that around 2009 or 2010, I plan on getting a MFA. So, most likely, I'll take the GRE this August just to get the gargoyle off my shoulders. I already have a book I bought three years ago (GRE for dummies), which, I think is one of the best study guides out there.