Mar 23, 2007, 12:17 PM
Post #3009 of 6279
I am almost ready to say goodnight to the MFA. Thank you for the update on the UW-Seattle situation. I doubt any appallingly great news is forthcoming with the thing about there only being 2 TA's.
Here's my tally, chronologically arranged:
University of Iowa - rejection (they obviously don't care if one of their recent MFA grads influenced me)
Columbia University - rejection (they obviously care that I spelled Philip Roth with two L's)
University of Chicago (MAPH, not MFA) - rejection (the real heartbreak) (apparently even when the acceptance rate is close to 25%, and even when I'm local, I'm still not good enough for them)
University of Oregon - rejection (very painful as well, but one of six fiction spots is hard to snag)
Let's assume that University of Washington - Seattle is a no go. (they obviously didn't find my quote from Thomas Mann about literature being a curse funny)
Which leaves University of Texas - Austin MCW as my final hope. Along with Oregon and Chicago, I really felt this was the best place for me. Others on this board have been rejected from this school, perhaps because they've received letters, perhaps because they've called their office. I still haven't heard anything and I don't want to hear anything for as long as possible!
I will hold out my hope, and I will pray that they will take mercy on me and give me a chance. Oh, a chance to live in Austin, oh, a chance for real funding, oh a chance for the apotheosis of the MFA ideal. I know the rankings mean shit, but Texas was #2 behind UC-Irvine? Hell yeah. That 250 word cap on their statement of purpose should be embraced by all. Who cares if you feel your purpose is to write and publish and teach? Duh! I remember meeting a girl at a party who went to U Chicago grad for public policy and did her undergrad at UT-Austin and I was all like, "Yo, do you think I'd fit in in Austin?" and she was like, "Yeah, totally."
I don't know what my destiny is, but if Texas wanted to be my destiny, I'd give them my blood. O+ is safe for all.