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Sugah


Feb 22, 2008, 3:31 PM

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I saw that post. That is one lucky bastard.


Don't assume. Could be a lucky bitch! ;)


http://sugahsshack.blogspot.com


(This post was edited by Sugah on Feb 22, 2008, 3:32 PM)


monarca


Feb 22, 2008, 3:37 PM

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Yeah, I felt it was condescending. Of course, there's no way that news could be shared without it seeming that way. I'm just hoping that getting three big acceptances like that is like winning the lottery with the numbers 4 8 15 16 23 42.


blarring


Feb 22, 2008, 3:41 PM

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I wish I was lucky enough to be wanted by my top three schools (still could be, who knows!). But I'm afraid the chances of that happening are about the same as a piece of that dead satellite they shot down landing on my house.



B. Lynn Arrington
"A Southerner talks music." --Mark Twain



SaraBellum


Feb 22, 2008, 3:41 PM

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"You Allllll Everybody!!!"


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LesK
Les
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Feb 22, 2008, 3:45 PM

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Lost reference for those of you trying to ween yourself from tv:


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Yeah, I felt it was condescending. Of course, there's no way that news could be shared without it seeming that way. I'm just hoping that getting three big acceptances like that is like winning the lottery with the numbers 4 8 15 16 23 42.


And it's not that bad.


bennyprof


Feb 22, 2008, 3:47 PM

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I agree. Posting that you've been accepted to three of the top five programs in the nation (some would argue the top three) is implicitly smug. I think what's getting to people the most is how nonchalant (s)he is about it. Had (s)he freaked out a little (as most of us would were we in his(er) position) (s)he might've come off a little better.

And lucky? I seriously doubt it. I mean, if it were only two of them it would be one thing, but given that (s)he was accepted to all three, luck likely had very little to do with it.



Must've had a killer sample. Is what I'm saying, I guess.


blarring


Feb 22, 2008, 3:51 PM

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Must have been a helluva sample. And impeccable recommendations.



B. Lynn Arrington
"A Southerner talks music." --Mark Twain



(This post was edited by blarring on Feb 22, 2008, 6:33 PM)


monarca


Feb 22, 2008, 3:51 PM

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No "LOST" spoilers, please. I've only just started the second season on DVD, so I don't know all the secrets, yet. :) (How is it "not that bad"? Don't tell me! Waiting to hear about MFA programs is bad suspense, but "LOST" is good suspense!)


monarca


Feb 22, 2008, 3:56 PM

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That's a good point, Bennyprof. There was a distinct lack of freaking out. Most of us lose it a little everytime the phone rings or we see our postal carrier.

A few exclamation points would've dulled the edges a bit.


Stewbags


Feb 22, 2008, 4:01 PM

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Come on kids, don't hate. Jealousy works the opposite way you want it to.

Seth's blog is a place to report acceptances, and the individual was doing just that. Sure, three top acceptances has the appearance of being greedy - but remember, they still only get to take up one spot at one school. I'm sure plenty of other people applied to those same three schools (and then some), and would have felt just as obligated to report.


ejdifili
Emily

Feb 22, 2008, 4:01 PM

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In regards to the person who got into Iowa, Michigan and Cornell, I agree with araby1:


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Good news is there are 2 prestigious slots opening up once the person decides.



Unless the individual also possesses the virtue of translocation, s/he can only attend one school. Hopefully s/he is a fiction writer who plans to attend Cornell, because I've already been eliminated there.


Raignn



Feb 22, 2008, 4:04 PM

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My mother had surgery Monday. I finally yelled at her Wednesday telling her it was the worst possible time for her to have surgery. Our phone has been ringing a lot with people checking up on her. My heart stops every time. I am sorely in need of a beer.

It is now 4pm on a Friday... isn't it time for Illinois to call me, tell me they loved my poetry and want me?? Pretty please?


Scrat1


Feb 22, 2008, 4:07 PM

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I really didn't think his (replace with "her" if you like) response was all that condescending. I mean we are talking about writers here. What we do is inherently elitist.

However, this poster was a wee bit condescending:

"Acceptances here from Cornell, Michigan, & U-Mass--kind of overwhelming, b/c yeah, I can't go everywhere. So spots will definitely be opening up all over the place."

So that makes three people that were accepted into Cornell and Michigan. And then two of those were accepted into UMass and Iowa, respectively. Must have had some serious writing samples.


monarca


Feb 22, 2008, 4:19 PM

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I'd buy you one, if you were nearby. (You're not a Minnesotan by chance, are you?) In fact, I'd even spring for the second round!


lostmyshape


Feb 22, 2008, 4:23 PM

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So that makes three people that were accepted into Cornell and Michigan. And then two of those were accepted into UMass and Iowa, respectively. Must have had some serious writing samples.


yeah... wow. i would love to see some of those samples. just so i know what it takes.


Scrat1


Feb 22, 2008, 4:29 PM

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By any chance is your user handle a reference to "Crosseyed and Painless"? Sorry, I'm a huge Talking Heads fan.


SaraBellum


Feb 22, 2008, 4:30 PM

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If you guys will go back and look, it's actually two different people...

The first, "hmmm" got into Cornell, Michigan, and Iowa.

The second, "a.m." got into Cornell, Michigan, and UMass.

"a.m." is female, and said: re: hmmmm...

Acceptances here from Cornell, Michigan, & U-Mass--kind of overwhelming, b/c yeah, I can't go everywhere. So spots will definitely be opening up all over the place.

Good luck to everyone else, & congrats to those who have heard.

"hmm" is not gender specific, and said : I got into Cornell (phone 2/9, 2/8? something like that), Michigan (email 2/19) and Iowa (phone 2/19).

I know that they are doing this in rounds, and that it is way early in the process, and that people shouldn't be too discouraged.

I got really lucky, but I can't go everywhere, and so more spots will open up as people decide. Which,in my case, may take a while.

Good luck all.




Both of them are right....they're decisions will open up a lot of spots. And there's no telling how many other people got multiple acceptances from those top schools. It seems to me that people usually apply to them in bundles...


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Raignn



Feb 22, 2008, 4:31 PM

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Alas, I'm in Indiana. My husbands mini fridge stocked with Bell's Porter will just have to suffice :)

In all seriousness. This is my first time doing this. Is it normal for a school to accept one genre then go days or even weeks without accepting the other genres? I only ask because neither Illinois nor IU appear to have accepted any poets yet.


Scrat1


Feb 22, 2008, 4:31 PM

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I believe I had it right in my post.


sicofelephants


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Feb 22, 2008, 4:32 PM

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I think it's more than the writing sample, though. If you give off total douche bag vibes, I don't think they'll want you no matter how good your sample is.

Besides, it's a lot about taste, too. I've read some poetry from Iowa students that I thought was boring as shit. For another example, my creative writing professor said I was one of the best students she's ever had. However, another professor I got to read my sample absolutely tore me to shreds--he's got a boner for stuff like Keats, anyway, so more modern aesthetics don't float his boat. You will never be able to please everyone, basically, so don't get too upset just 'cause someone else is really good at presenting themselves on paper. Your application just has to strike the right person at the right time as being "good enough".


SaraBellum


Feb 22, 2008, 4:33 PM

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Sorry, I was just trying to help clear things up with the whole gender confusion.


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lostmyshape


Feb 22, 2008, 4:34 PM

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By any chance is your user handle a reference to "Crosseyed and Painless"? Sorry, I'm a huge Talking Heads fan.

you're only the 2nd person in almost 10 years of using this handle who has guessed the reference. well done. well done.

one of my favorite songs ever.


mummylicker


Feb 22, 2008, 4:34 PM

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I don't think we should compare our writing samples to mystery ones we can't even see and just ultimately decide that they are somehow "better." We need pull ourselves together here! Every writer has a different voice, and we want the MFA to grow and nurture that voice--our distinctive voice that makes our writing different and unique. If "top school x" doesn't pick us, I think we just have to have faith that, ultimately, that school isn't the right place for us at this particular time.


golic


Feb 22, 2008, 4:47 PM

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And again, a final plea: any news (good, bad, or "still waiting") from people applying to Iowa for poetry would be much appreciated. I'm starting to lose my mind . . .

hey martis,

Don't know if this will ease your anxieties, but I applied to Iowa for fiction and haven't heard anything yet. Not sure about the poetry side though. Iowa is my dream school too, and I'm trying not to lose hope, but it's kinda hard when you read that people are already being contacted-----and boy! three top programs in two weeks! Is there any chance that's a joke?


(This post was edited by golic on Feb 22, 2008, 4:49 PM)


danielaolsz


Feb 22, 2008, 4:59 PM

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http://www.drphil.com/articles/article/180

*posted half in jest*

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