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bdenied


Feb 21, 2006, 1:27 AM

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sanssoleil
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Feb 21, 2006, 1:41 AM

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So what's the deal with University of Washington? They offered absolutely no funding? Do they accept too many students? I keep hearing about their lack of funding, and have been wondering why this is.


bdenied


Feb 21, 2006, 11:34 AM

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They have a tiered funding structure like Montana, Arizona, and a few others. I think something like half of their admits get funded.


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RedFaerieGirl21


Feb 21, 2006, 3:24 PM

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Hey everyone,

Congratulations on all of the acceptances. I didn't think we'd be hearing this much until perhaps this week or the first of March. I got my first acceptance into USC; it actually came last week but I was out of town (a happy surprise to find upon my return). I am so relieved because for the last few weeks I'd been battling myself saying I wasn't going to get in anywhere. I'm also excited because this is one of my top choices. I've also applied to Boston, Brown, NYU, New School, and USF, and haven't heard from any of them yet, but at least I know I am going to grad school next fall.


franz

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Feb 21, 2006, 3:28 PM

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Hey everyone,
I got my first acceptance into USC; it actually came last week but I was out of town (a happy surprise to find upon my return).


Congrats on the acceptance! Doesn't USC accept only 3 or 4 people? Are you in fiction or poetry?
You probably already know this, but there was somebody on the forum (don't remember her name) who wrote extensively about the program at USC if you need more information.


Franz Knupfer, author of short stories and novels


boy named sue


Feb 21, 2006, 3:40 PM

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hey everyone,

i'm new here but maybe you'll permit another basketcase to dump her verbal vomit here. i have been obsessively reading the message boards since i found out about them (about 48 hours ago...it's been a productive 2 days, let me tell you), and i'm now a huge bundle of stress. i'm about ready to go steal some valium.

i feel kind of like an imposter posting here because i only applied to one MFA program. it was a semi-impulsive decision in the middle of my other phd apps (to another field that has about a 2% acceptance rate). it looks more and more like even all my phd apps have been rejected, which sucks by itself because it's my career, and it seems like a judgment on my intelligence and ability. but reading this board has made me realize that my MFA rejection is what is going to hurt the most even though it was kind of a blind shot, and even though i knew from the beginning to expect a rejection.

arghh. anyway, i have been a complete basketcase, and i can't talk to people about it because i too feel like i'm going to end up looking like the biggest fool ever. and i know my pessimism is seriously annoying, but no one really seems to get that rejection is imminent. so just allow me to wallow in my pessimism here for a bit.

however, like another person here said (sorry, even though i've been reading obsessively i don't remember who said it), it's good to have plans a, b, c, and d. and, i too have been planning to spend the summer in east asia no matter what happens. and i am planning to quit my shitty job no matter what happens. and if (when?) i get universally rejected, i can reapply next year and maybe send out more mfa applications. because i know that's where my heart truly lies. so i guess it's not the end of the world. it's just kind of humiliating.

but god, this is killing me. i'd rather have the rejection letters (and i already have some) in hand than to sit here waiting, wondering, and hoping even against all odds.

but...congratulations to everyone who has gotten acceptances. from what i've read just on here, you all seem like you'd be amazing, thoughtful writers.


Aubrie


Feb 21, 2006, 3:50 PM

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Oh, how I can commiserate. I suppose I'm kind of the resident pessimist here. I'm trying my hardest to convince myself that rejection is not a reflection of my ability or talent. Maybe I'm just not ready this year? Maybe the admissions committee (at every school, hehe?) was having a bad day? Maybe it's just a good, solid sign that I need another year of writing on my own.
So yes, I know how you feel. But if you've been obsessively reading, you know how arbitrary the admissions process is, and how supportive everyone on this board is.
So keep checking the mail, jumping every time your phone rings, and refreshing your email page - and take comfort in the fact that we're all doing the same thing.
And if it doesn't happen this year, you've been through it once, and next time will be that tiny bit easier.
I do however, wish you best of luck. You haven't heard from every program yet, right?

And to all of you who have heard good news, congratulations. I'm not surprised. This board is teeming with talent.
Keep the acceptance posts coming!!!


HopperFu


Feb 21, 2006, 4:05 PM

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I'm trying my hardest to convince myself that rejection is not a reflection of my ability or talent.


Actually, I have it on very good authority that schools are making decisions based entirely on moral judgements. They call all of your friends and friends of friends to see if you have ever done drugs, drink to excess, or are sexually promiscious. If you aren't, you don't get in. :)


Aubrie


Feb 21, 2006, 4:08 PM

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<suddenly feels better about impending rejections>

:)

Thanks HopperFu for making us smile!


augustmaria


Feb 21, 2006, 4:14 PM

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No drugs, drinking, or sexual promiscuity? Who will be left?!?!?!?!!!11!one!


perfunctory

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Feb 21, 2006, 4:21 PM

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just an FYI, i got an e-mail today from ole miss notifying me that i didn't get in. i'm not upset, applying there was more of an afterthought, but the e-mail notification kind of pissed me off. did anyone hear positive news from mississippi?


boy named sue


Feb 21, 2006, 4:45 PM

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what happens if your friends are all too drunk or stoned or too busy having rampant sex to answer their questions? then you're totally screwed. no pun intended. bahaha. (hey, anything to make myself laugh ok?)

aubrie---i think i'm just going to tell myself that every admissions committee at every school across North America has been having nonstop bad days from December through March 15. and yeah, i guess another year of writing on your own has never hurt anyone. still royally sucks though. have you been through this more than once? who else on here has applied in previous years?


sibyline


Feb 21, 2006, 4:51 PM

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No drugs, drinking, or sexual promiscuity? Who will be left?!?!?!?!!!11!one!


Please note that HopperFu said that you *don't* get in if you're *not* sexually promoscuous, an alcoholic, *and* a druggie. So we *all* have a shot. :)


Aubrie


Feb 21, 2006, 4:53 PM

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Nope. This is my first, totally ridiculous time. But there are people on the boards who have applied in the past and had better luck this time around.
I'm sure they'll come out of the woodwork if you have questions for them.
Just ran downstairs to check the mail.
Nothing.

Here's my roll call:

NYU - zip
Columbia - zilch
New School - zero
Hunter - nada, though I know their shortlist has been made, and sadly, I was not on it.

Here's to hoping.


bighark


Feb 21, 2006, 4:57 PM

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I've been at this for three years now.

Personally, I can say that I much prefer not knowing about my status to knowing that I've been rejected from every program. But don't let me get you down--I'm old and bitter.


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Aubrie


Feb 21, 2006, 5:00 PM

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bighark - have you heard anything yet? I can't remember if you've posted any info?


bighark


Feb 21, 2006, 5:08 PM

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No, I haven't heard anything yet.

Thank goodness.

This last week of February is nice in that it's totally possible to not have heard anything from any program in any way, shape, or form. This is a good thing.

All six of my applications are possible winners.

I haven't gotten an acceptance notice, but I also haven't been rejected.

More important, I haven't heard about someone else's acceptance on a message board some place so I can stew for the next few days until I determine that it's a mathematical impossibility to have gotten accepted so where in the Sam Hill is my rejection letter Goddammit.

See? Not knowing is a good thing :)


gussy

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Feb 21, 2006, 5:41 PM

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Humpf! I don't do drugs! Do you think that if I have a lot of crazy kinky sex and get drunk every night I might compensate and thus increase my chances of getting accepted, or is the drug thing a sine qua non requirement?
Damn!

(Does reading some beatnik lit count? Does a joint or two in my teen years count?)

OK, now a serious dilemma: what's worse? Checking your mail to find the usual trashy ads and some utilities bill at most, or finding an envelope of one of the universities you've applied to... only to find --after repressing the convulsions in order to be able to open the damned envelope-- that it's just the acknowledgment letter, or the PIN number, or something like that?


HopperFu


Feb 21, 2006, 6:19 PM

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Humpf! I don't do drugs! Do you think that if I have a lot of crazy kinky sex and get drunk every night I might compensate and thus increase my chances of getting accepted, or is the drug thing a sine qua non requirement?

My sources tell me that two out of three is acceptable, but if you have only one serious vice, it better be really serious (and for some reason, being promiscious tends to win out over the other ones. Hmm. Wonder why?)


Aubrie


Feb 21, 2006, 6:29 PM

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<simultaneously pouring Makers Mark over rocks, lighting romantic candles, and searching for spoon and tie>

Must... get...in...to...MFA...program.


sibyline


Feb 21, 2006, 6:47 PM

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My sources tell me that two out of three is acceptable, but if you have only one serious vice, it better be really serious (and for some reason, being promiscious tends to win out over the other ones. Hmm. Wonder why?)

i *knew* my party girl habits were good for something. :)




arabtexaschica


Feb 21, 2006, 6:54 PM

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Hey guys,

For those of you waiting to hear from UT Michener, they don't send out rejections for ages, but you can check your status online, and some people have already heard "No." Go here:

http://utdirect.utexas.edu/nr/appstat.html

Click on "Yes, I know my UT EID and password; take me to the Application Status Check page now!"

And presto.

Good luck!!!


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Feb 21, 2006, 7:10 PM

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If it takes sexual promiscuity, drinking, and a drug habit to get into an MFA program, what does it take to get into a PhD program? Should I post on Craig's List for orgies every night until my acceptance letters come?

:)

That made me smile, big-time. I'm SO stressed out right now over the contents of my mailbox--and the lack of contents in my mailbox. I got a letter today, and the return address said BU, but it was just acknowledgement from the Writing Program of my letter & resume for a job I applied for.

But there is this. I found out last week through the KIND KIND KIND program coordinator for the program I want to get accepted to at BU that my transcripts from my MFA program NEVER reached htem, and could I kindly send them over so that I can still be considered for acceptance?

(let the rant and story begin...)

This came at the worst time--in the middle of an exhausting and stressful week and within hours of 2 computers being stolen from my office and the security in the building doing absolutely nothing about it. Nerves were already high, exhaustion was already at a level to consume anyone, and my world shattered even more. I immediately realized that if BU--the school I applied to with the latest application deadline--did not get my transcripts, then NONE of my schools (which I requested transcripts for...all at the same time...) got my transcripts.

I called the registrar's office at UF to find out that there was a financial hold on my account, something stupid about my exit interview and student loans which I had taken care of a *very* long time ago, and was transferred to the university bursar. And I learned from her that I had never done this--even though at the time I took care of this exit interview I was given every indication that I did it correctly--and the computers say that I need to get this taken care of. She and I do this over the phone, and I ask her about my transcripts being sent out. She transfers me again to the registrar's office. Which is closed.

Fast forward to Friday morning. I call the registrar. She says there's a hold. I tell her to check with the bursar, that it's not supposed to be there. She puts me on hold while she talks with the bursar. We get the Go-Ahead to send my stuff out, but the registrar asks me, to which schools? She can't deal with me and my frustration and anxiety attack so she puts me through to her assistant, a very nice young man named Jose who very calmly helped me out. He mentioned to me something that the registrar's office does not advertise on its forms--that if the computer says you have a financial hold, YOUR TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS ARE HELD FOR A WEEK OR TWO AND THEN DISCARDED. And no one tells you that your transcript request becomes null and void, a never-happened.

I am literally crying on the phone. This is something I can not deal with--after SO much time working so carefully on my applications, after SO much money I put into this, after SO much energy--this. I explain my situation to Jose who asks me to print out another copy of the transcript request form, fill it out, and fax it to his attention before 12 PM and he will have everything out in the 2 PM mail. I hurry and do this and make sure that each application university gets 2 copies of my transcript--one to the program coordinator and one to the admissions office (neurotic perhaps, but...). I fax it to him, he receives it, he sends everything out right away, he calls me at 2 PM to let me know he handed it to the mail man who came just moments before.

Phew.

So then this is not done. Not yet. I e-mail each university's program coordinator and beg and grovel for them to still consider my application, to accept my (oh so late) transcripts, that I apologize, that there was a glitch in the registrar's computer systems, that I only recently--less than 24 hours ago--learned that my information never reached them.

The program coordinator at BU, very amazingly nice (young?) man that he is, compassionate person that he is, thanks me for taking care of this right away, apologizes for the inconvenience it brought me, says he sympathizes with me, and tells me that as soon as he has a copy of my transcripts in his hands he will e-mail me to let me know that they have arrived. I thank him and tell him that I was happy to get this taken care of, that I love BU's PhD program in my field, and that I really would not want something like this to lessen or otherwise change the way that the admissions committee reads my application.

No other schools have e-mailed back.

No other schools even LET ME KNOW that there was something missing in my application.

I was livid for half of the weekend (and sick for the other half of the weekend and into today). In my world it seems like the most common courtesy to let someone know that something's missing--especially something that is meant to arrive separately from the main application that said applicant knowingly submitted at an appointed day and time.

And it made me wonder if BU will accept me--if they're thinkin' something pretty sweet about me and my prospects for entering their program--if they let me know there was still time, that they still wanted to consider me (especially at a point when schools for the most part have made, or are making, final decisions)?

If so, that's amazing!

And if not--if it's still all a crap-shoot with BU--how AMAZINGLY NICE of them, how amazingly courteous of them, to let me know. And if that's how they treat any old applicant, then I imagine how they must treat their students who are admitted into the program and who have accepted the offer.

And that warms me and makes me think "gosh, that's the sort of program I want to be at."

Brown didn't let me know. NYU didn't let me know. And Emory--which I know I will not get into, as I was not asked down for a finalist interview--if they weeded me out because of the transcripts, then shame on them (after having received the MOST encouraging e-mails from their program director over the summer that STRONGLY URGED me to apply). If they really didn't want to accept me, then I am a bit perplexed, but whatever. I wouldn't want to be anywhere that didn't want to accept me from the get-go. And I am sitting here trying to not add a sense of bummed-out-ed-ness over my lack of interview invite for Emory to enter my stress and anxiety and uncertainty over how these applications will turn out.

So I am waiting for BU to e-mail me back now and let me know that they have my transcripts. And I am sitting here playing guessing games with myself--how long after that will I find out for sure?

And I am sick and tired of my coworkers saying "oh you KNOW you're going to get in somewhere."

Or asking me if I have heard yet.

(end rant)

OK I am advertising now for an orgy, a Bacchanalian feast, a tattoo-party, and free nipple piercing if it means that the admissions gods will look kindly upon my little soul and grant me admission to the program of my choosing...


lavashlavash


Feb 21, 2006, 7:19 PM

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Denied!

Thanks, man. It hurts, of course, but the money was the only major draw for me.


sk1grrl


Feb 21, 2006, 7:48 PM

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Yup, I got rejected too. I just keep telling myself, "All it takes is one, all it takes is one."

I've applied to Michener, UMass, Houston, Oregon, Florida, Alabama, Hollins, and Iowa, and haven't heard back from any other program, FYI.

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