Jan 13, 2010, 10:38 AM
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Thank you, Seth, for doing this! The response times, etc, are such an amazing resource.
Re: [umass76] Application Response Data for 2009-10 Application Season
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And here are some responses to various other questions/topics that have been posted in the thread thus far:
What major themes are you interested in exploring in your work? Did this affect your choice of schools?
My work would probably be categorized as magic realism, surrealism, slipstream, or one of those various category types, depending on the story and the personal biases of the reader. I like all of those categories, so I'm not complaining. I like to write as if common metaphors are literal (usually in shorter pieces), insert the fantastic into everyday situations, and exaggerate the everyday to the point that it feels fantastic. I would like to include more exploration of social forces (sociology major!), but with all the social/political theory bouncing around in my head I've found it difficult to do so without it coming off heavy-handed. But I'm working on it.
I paid some attention to places that might be a bit more welcoming to magic realism/surrealism, but I primarily chose my schools because I liked how they presented themselves on their websites, and how people talked about them online (here, the mfa blog, and elsewhere).
Re: WanderingTree's question: In the event that you are accepted (by phone), how would you respond to the news without sounding really cheesy or too indifferent?
I am terrified of phones, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to write up a set of questions (like, how can I get in contact with current students? Is there anything I need to know about financial aid? do you have a visiting day or have any recommendations about when would be good to visit?). I plan on keeping that set of questions with me at all times, because otherwise I'll probably end up sounding indifferent despite the fact that I'll commence jumping up and down as soon as I'm off the phone call.
(How this call will go without the questions:
Program Director: Congratulations! You've been accepted to the Super-Awesome Masters of Fine Awesome Program!
Program Director: Hello?
Program Director: Um...
Me: I mean, really...great.
Program Director: Ok...um. Goodbye?)