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Glyph


Jan 30, 2008, 4:30 PM

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Phone Call [In reply to] Can't Post

I got a call on my cell phone from a mysterious area code this afternoon and my heart stopped. Unfortunately, when I answered it, it was an automated message from my credit card company letting me know that there were fraudulent charges on my account. Turns out someone bought about $500 worth of merchandise/services with my credit card! As if waiting for word from MFA programs isn't anxiety-inducing enough...


Daaaaave


Jan 30, 2008, 7:47 PM

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AWP Blues... [In reply to] Can't Post

So now that AWP's going on, I have a feeling like any kind of acceptance or rejections will be put on hold until early next week. Kind of a bummer after looking at the 2007 blog that said two of my hopeful schools could potentially be contacting me any time now.

...sigh


ajholtz


Jan 31, 2008, 5:36 AM

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now you tell me that I feel a lot better! at least there's an excuse for non-contacting. my husband keeps insisting that because we live in england, any school would reconsider accepting me because they'd have to dial a few extra numbers and pay a bit more....I was actually beginning to think he was right....good luck everyone, breathe easy for a few days!


monarca


Jan 31, 2008, 12:06 PM

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Oh, Glyph, that's cruel!

I'm starting to get questions from my family. I went to my mom's for dinner the other night and she said, "So, have you heard from any schools? Made any new life plans I need to know about?" As if it might slip my mind to let her know! I spend half the day admonishing myself not to think about too much so hey, Mom, I appreciate the free meal but it would be lovely if we could get my obsessive mind on a different track for the evening.


Vesuvia


Jan 31, 2008, 6:22 PM

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Re: [lostmyshape] Reviving the Waiting Game Thread [In reply to] Can't Post

De-lurking to commiserate and revive worries from another thread (or earlier version of this one)....

Not only am I having dreams about rejection/acceptance phone calls, but I'm also having them about lit mag submission rejections/acceptances...not a fun feeling to wake up at 4am sweating and nauseous, both out of relief that the rejection isn't true and out of terror that it could be...and that's when the whiskey comes in handy.

Someone had posted about not wanting to read the material they sent out for fear of wanting to change it. Well, I did just that, and now I'm freaking out because one of the poems I submitted would be SO MUCH BETTER if I just changed one word in the last line. And that will haunt me for the next three months, no matter how insignificant it might really be.

Anxious about all 10 schools, but absolutely dying to hear from, and get into, UMass, Brown, Michener Center, and Virginia. Finding myself checking http://writingmfa2008.blogspot.com obsessively, even at work, where I'm sure the web monitoring software is flashing "she's going to leave! she's not devoted to her job!" and I'll be promptly fired and not even get in anywhere.

Is anyone else worried about how to tell your job you're leaving? Maybe that's for another thread....


Lyz
Lyz
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Feb 1, 2008, 3:12 PM

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I am applying to low-res programs and two local programs, so hopefully I don't have to leave my job (I work part-time as a proof reader and full time as a freelance writer for a blog). I really want to be able to keep the job because I want the money and I don't want to go into debt. But if I get into my top school, even though it is local, I might have to leave. Which would be AWESOME because I got into my top school, but it would suck because, less money and I really love this company.

Eventually, I'll have to tell them what is up and I am a little nervous about that. I'm sure if I obsessively worry and check this board I'll hear sooner.


http://shopoftheheart.blogspot.com


monarca


Feb 1, 2008, 4:26 PM

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Lyz: "Eventually, I'll have to tell them what is up and I am a little nervous about that. I'm sure if I obsessively worry and check this board I'll hear sooner."

Yep, absolutely. That's the theory I'm fuctioning under as well.


Dinosaur


Feb 2, 2008, 12:24 AM

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Is anyone else worried about how to tell your job you're leaving? Maybe that's for another thread....


Here's a dilemma: as if telling them wasn't hard enough, how about keeping it a secret? If I get in, I'll know by April at the latest, but I want to continue working through early August, or until about 2 weeks before the program starts. I need the money. How will I dodge long-term projects without making my co-workers suspicious? What if I get offered a promotion at some point?

And how do I deal with long-term projects NOW? I don't want to turn them down, since I may not get in anywhere, and in that case, I'll want to stay where I am (I love the job.)

Sigh...


(This post was edited by Dinosaur on Feb 2, 2008, 12:25 AM)


mccrary

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Feb 2, 2008, 10:01 AM

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Re: [Vesuvia] Reviving the Waiting Game Thread [In reply to] Can't Post

i'm a waitress, so i have no problem telling my managers that i'm quitting (since i have one of those college-kid jobs).
i'd like to do something dramatic and talked about (give the bird to a rude customer, walk out of the restaurant in the middle of the shift, etc) but that's not my style. i'll probably just give a two weeks notice.

and thanks for that website, now i have one more place to obsessively check everyday. have you been to http://sethabramson.blogspot.com/2008/01/2008-data-bank-of-application-response.html
?
he updates regularly.


writerteacher


Feb 3, 2008, 11:12 AM

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If I get in, I'll know by April at the latest, but I want to continue working through early August, or until about 2 weeks before the program starts. I need the money. How will I dodge long-term projects without making my co-workers suspicious? ...

And how do I deal with long-term projects NOW? I don't want to turn them down, since I may not get in anywhere, and in that case, I'll want to stay where I am (I love the job.)


Hey, Dinosaur --

How 'bout telling them now? it worked for me; I was offered a teaching gig in April that started the following August, and I had the same debate with myself as you are having now re long-term projects, promotions, job I loved, etc. Finally, I decided to just tell them so that they could plan ahead and I wouldn't hose them by walking out on big projects with just two weeks' notice. Not only did it feel right -- they were very gracious, inviting me to interview potential replacements, and *really* appreciated that I didn't leave them in the lurch -- but I was able to augment my income later by picking up freelance assignments from this company. (I still do projects for them.) Co-workers were congratulating me for six months. They even gave me a going-away party (a real one, with booze!).

If you love your job, think about how you'd like to be treated if you were your manager (two weeks or four months notice? no contest) -- if nothing else you'll be in good graces when it comes time to -- ugh -- re-enter the atmosphere.

Good luck!


brokendishes


Feb 4, 2008, 9:30 AM

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I know exactly how you guys are feeling. I'm currently working in an office as a temp and on friday, one of the managers approached me about them creating a new position with me in mind. And it sounds great: benefits (which is a million exclamation points) and a fat raise. I've told them I'm applying to MFA programs, but they keep asking me to apply for the new position. It sucks. I want to write and learn and read and teach. But the voice in my head that sounds like my mom keeps saying, "Take the job. Be reasonable." Woof. I don't know.


monarca


Feb 4, 2008, 12:33 PM

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If you've already broken the MFA news to them the worst is done! Apply for the position, maybe, but tell them that you can't accept it until you've found out about schools. So then they are free to develop the position and you are able to get your name in right at the beginning, but no promises are made.

I haven't talked to my workplace about leaving. It bothers me a little since we've had a lot of turnover recently and I've sort of established myself as the reliable staff member for my supervisor. I also applied for a summer counselor position, so I'm also waiting on that before I say anything about leaving. I'm REALLY hoping to get everything figured out by about the second week in March, but I think it'll probably drag out closer to the beginning of April. But I'm hoping that's still a good amount of time to let them know I'm leaving, even if I do get the summer counselor position and take off in June. It sucks, too, but it seems like a far superior problem to have than this nail-biting limbo.


aluminum


Feb 4, 2008, 1:33 PM

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should i call? [In reply to] Can't Post

i applied to the michener center almost a month ago, but their website still has me listed as missing a letter of rec, my writing sample and the statement of purpose.

the only two things that have kept me from calling are the nice little note on the website that says "Around the application deadline, it may take one to three weeks for your document(s) to appear on your Application Status page. Thank you for your patience" and the fact that i know for certain that all the other schools i've applied to have received these documents.

so, should i call?

i am beginning to worry.


Yugao


Feb 4, 2008, 1:39 PM

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None of the things I sent to the Michener Center directly are listed as having arrived. However, they did send back the postcard that was included in my application packet so I know that they do actually have my writing sample, essay, letters, and second transcript. It just looks like they don't update the Application Status Check much.


(This post was edited by Yugao on Feb 4, 2008, 1:40 PM)


Glyph


Feb 4, 2008, 3:40 PM

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I would call, just to be on the safe side.


HappyCianci



Feb 4, 2008, 4:52 PM

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My status page for Michener also indicates that I'm missing my writing sample and personal statement, which I sent out in early January. I called the office recently and was told that they have over 700 applications that they are still processing.


paperplanes


Feb 4, 2008, 5:37 PM

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mchard


Feb 4, 2008, 7:34 PM

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Re: [Colin] should i call? [In reply to] Can't Post

It states that my writing sample, letters, etc. are missing on the Michener Center site, as well. The reason must be that we sent those items to the Michener Center itself. I agree that they are probably backed up. (We are talking about the Michener Center for Writers,
right? )

On another note, in regards to someone's post about receiving a big package from Oregon and wondering if bigger is better, I just wanted to note that when I received my acceptance letter from Purdue, it came in two paragraphs on a thin paper in a simple white envelope.

Good luck everyone!

M.


lindseymorrone


Feb 4, 2008, 8:50 PM

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I had the same problem with Michener (missing my manuscript, transcript, and letters of rec) and called. The people I spoke with were very kind and friendly. They flipped through my file and listed off everything that was there and my file was complete. So I'd rest assured that they're probably still updating the website, but definitley call if it'll settle your mind--it was worth it for me.


guidedvoices


Feb 5, 2008, 11:32 AM

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Just wanted to caution: there is no guarantee whatsoever that any of us will get in, any more than that we will win the lottery, I don't think it wise or useful to inform your workplace until you are certain that you will accept an offer, already in hand, from an MFA program. Then it is a matter of relieving conscience.


mchard


Feb 5, 2008, 11:43 AM

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Called Michener and they said that they finished with all the poets and sent their materials to a faculty selection committee. So, my stuff is sent even though the online application status check shows I'm missing materials. It must be the same with some of you. Speaking of some of you, anybody else working primarily in poetry?

M.


BLUECHEESE


Feb 5, 2008, 1:33 PM

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Just hearing that gives me a bit of the shivers. Like the faculty is already reading our stuff. Please like mine. Please. Heh.

I'm sure other schools have been for some time now, but the whole being reminded of it in my everyday life doesn't sit well with me. No sir.

I don't like to think about it. I just wanna get the letters. The whole thing of them reading it, and the reaction they have is just something I don't wanna think about, darn it.


Vesuvia


Feb 5, 2008, 1:33 PM

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I'm going to agree with guidedvoices - maybe it's different for a temp job or a job you don't really care about, but for a full-time job where you don't want to burn any bridges, it's probably wise to wait until you're certain. In my case, I have a great full-time job which I'm only leaving if I have the good fortune to get into a program. If I don't get in, I'm planning to stay for the interesting work, salary, full benefits, and possibility of promotion. I think if I tell them now and then I don't get in, I'm setting myself up for some major problems (not to mention extreme awkwardness). I wouldn't want my organization to feel that they're my second choice (which they sort of are) or give them any reason to doubt my value as an employee (which is sort of compromised), so I won't say anything until I'm accepted somewhere and I'm sure I'm going. This unfortunately makes me feel sort of slimy, but I've got to do what's best for me, no?

That said, I do want to give my organization ample time to find a good replacement so they aren't left scrambling. Assuming that school would start last week of August/early September, and I'd probably want to move in early August, when do you all suggest breaking the news..and how?

Side note: Anyone know what happened to http://writingmfa2008.blogspot.com? When I tried to check it earlier, it was gone...


Vesuvia


Feb 5, 2008, 1:53 PM

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Re: [BLUECHEESE] should i call? [In reply to] Can't Post

Seconding the shivers...seriously, my stomach dropped when I saw "finished with all the poets." Dun dun DUN! It sounds so ominous.

I'm primarily working in poetry with fiction as a secondary genre. Austin is among my top choices because work in a secondary genre is not just allowed but required (well, the full-funding package isn't too shabby either).

Michener Center, I love you - please love me back.


aluminum


Feb 5, 2008, 2:21 PM

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Well, I guess I wasn't the only one stressed out about the lack of updates on the Michener website! I think I'm going to give it a few more days before calling. It seems they are just behind.

So what does "finished with all the poets" mean? Have they narrowed it down to a final few? I applied in fiction, but I am still curious!!

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