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jrosello
Jarod
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Feb 26, 2007, 1:33 PM

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Re: [EastCoastPoet] University of Arizona [In reply to] Can't Post

For what it's worth, a writer once told me: "You should want to write so much you'd be willing to give up everything but the ones you love."

I'm going through this now and we've decided to stay together (she's going to law school and me the MFA), no matter what.

Trust and Faith...everything will work out okay.


duchess919


Feb 26, 2007, 3:08 PM

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Re: [bighark] Teachin' [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm completing my second year of the Teach for America commitment now, and have applied for MFA programs. If you want to get into teaching, it's not the easiest route (admission to the program is fairly competitive, and there are other more situation-specific hurdles), but there are other alternative certification programs out there, for sure, many of them started by TFA alumni. One of my collagues, also an TFA corps member, came to teaching public school after finishing her MFA in poetry--she said she makes about three times what she'd be making as a collegiate instructor.
Of course I'm biased, but I highly recommend the program for anyone really invested in social change and ed reform. I won't lie, though, it's been a real trip, and it'll totally drain you of any psychic resources you may need for writing...except, of course, during the summers, which are totally sweet.


piratelizzy


Feb 26, 2007, 3:09 PM

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Re: [weert006] As we sit and stew ... [In reply to] Can't Post

Ha! The thing about Grandma and impotence is funny! Not sad, but funny. And by funny I mean that it made me laugh. Heeee!


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piratelizzy


Feb 26, 2007, 3:21 PM

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I haven't taken a vacation in fifteen years... My rusted-out Subaru is too unreliable to make it farther than the edge of town, which is fine because I have no money for gas anyway... I may be getting laid off, too. Forget Hawaii. In the words of Eric Cartman: "F-U, guys, I'm going home."

No, just kidding. Have fun and all that. Congratulations are definitely in order to anyone who's got the nerve to elope in this age of $50,000 weddings. I'm just a bitter old hag but I'll wish you well. Oh, can I go along as your personal baggage handler or something? Or as your beloved pet poodle? You should see my haircut...


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piratelizzy


Feb 26, 2007, 3:48 PM

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Many private schools will take you without a teacher's license, as will a number those "teach English abroad" programs. Of course, there's also Teach For America.


I some public school districts, depending on need, you may also be able to get an emergency certification. That usually means you start teaching right away (typically in high-need areas like ESL, math, science, especially in urban schools) and go to school at night to get your certification. NYC has a program for would-be teachers coming to education from other professions, along the same lines.


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nachocheese


Feb 26, 2007, 5:08 PM

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Columbia E-mails (not an admission) [In reply to] Can't Post

Dear Columbia,

Please stop sending me emails unless it relates directly to my admission status or to my application. BECAUSE OTHERWISE YOU ARE GIVING ME A HEART ATTACK FOR NO REASON.

Sincerely,
N.Cheese.


madelinek


Feb 26, 2007, 5:15 PM

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Re: [nachocheese] Columbia E-mails (not an admission) [In reply to] Can't Post

HAHA. That just happened to me too. It made me feel like I'd been kicked in the head.


Arkinese


Feb 26, 2007, 5:23 PM

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Re: [nachocheese] Columbia E-mails (not an admission) [In reply to] Can't Post

Along the same lines, I got a big packet from UNCG over the weekend....and it was the financial aid department wanting me to fill out some form and send it back to them "within 10 days of receipt." This is because the form is one of the "outstanding requirements" for me to receive financial aid. The other? "Admission to an eligible degree/certificate program at UNCG."

Thanks, FinAid guys. Twist the knife in a little further....


Elika619


Feb 26, 2007, 5:32 PM

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Re: [nachocheese] Columbia E-mails (not an admission) [In reply to] Can't Post

oh my lord I wanted to punch them in the face!! that was unnecessarily cruel!


allisonbarrett


Feb 26, 2007, 6:12 PM

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I just received a waitlist notification from Cornell in the mail. (Poetry.) I thought for sure that it would be a rejection, so I'm thrilled about it, even though I doubt any Cornell acceptees will want to give up their spots! It makes up for being website-rejected by Wisconsin. Congratulations to everyone who's heard good news, and for those of you who are despairing, I think good news will come... slowly.... As I've been hearing about acceptances, I've been assuming rejection, but I don't think that's how it works. Don't give up hope yet! I'm trying to get excited about other things, like Daylight Savings Time coming early.


cekroh
Clayton Kroh

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Feb 26, 2007, 6:13 PM

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Re: [jargreen] University of Arizona [In reply to] Can't Post

> What kinds of things have people done with their Bachelor's degrees (and I don't mean waiting tables)?

I went to work for a video game developer as a writer and editor after undergrad. It paid well (eventually, when I made senior editor), plus I got to play video games and write everything from product storylines and dialogue, to game manuals and marketing copy. Getting into that industry, though, is not easy (I knew someone). Plus, from my experience over the years, game development companies seem to move away from hiring writers and editors, and instead pick up "hybrids" like programmers or Web developers who happen to have taken a few English courses--style consistency, proper grammar, and even correct spelling are much less important, and I guess the reasoning goes, why pay for someone to get all that stuff right when you can just heap editing and writing work on a programmer and get it close enough?

After six years of that I'd had enough, and so I'm here now waiting impatiently for word from the nine schools I applied to.


kiiro


Feb 26, 2007, 6:14 PM

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Re: [nachocheese] Columbia E-mails (not an admission) [In reply to] Can't Post


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Dear Columbia,

Please stop sending me emails unless it relates directly to my admission status or to my application. BECAUSE OTHERWISE YOU ARE GIVING ME A HEART ATTACK FOR NO REASON.

Sincerely,
N.Cheese.

Montana was doing the same thing for a while, but it tapered off a while back.


jlvidrine


Feb 26, 2007, 6:36 PM

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Re: [jsn3568] University of Arizona [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, I received almost the same call from Jim Clark, but with a number to call him back so we could chat. I also received the same email as someone else on these boards from the Asst, director Terry Kennedy saying that is I started to receive pressure from other schools to let them know. Strange, I guess . . . They need to just decide I think, because other offers are coming in.


HopperFu


Feb 26, 2007, 6:37 PM

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.. though I doubt any Cornell acceptees will want to give up their spots!

Congrats Allison.
Some years nobody gets in off of waitlist, some years several people do (and occasionally it goes a couple in to the waitlist). It's a really fabulous program, so I hope you get a chance to say yes.


panettone


Feb 26, 2007, 6:48 PM

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Re: [EastCoastPoet] University of Arizona [In reply to] Can't Post

I applied in fiction to UNH. I'm really hoping to get in, but my application was a last-minute impulsive thing, so I am preparing for a rejection.


mrsriley72


Feb 26, 2007, 7:05 PM

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Re: [Arkinese] new: email financial aid Cruelties! [In reply to] Can't Post


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Along the same lines, I got a big packet from UNCG over the weekend....and it was the financial aid department wanting me to fill out some form and send it back to them "within 10 days of receipt." This is because the form is one of the "outstanding requirements" for me to receive financial aid. The other? "Admission to an eligible degree/certificate program at UNCG."

Thanks, FinAid guys. Twist the knife in a little further....



I got this from one of my schools too. An email that said, "The department asked us to contact you. Should your acceptance come to fruition, we need the following forms". SO AMBIGUOUS. I called to ask, "does this mean I am in" ? (assuming the word fruition was in reference to my saying yes). The woman on the other end was so stern, "No! we didnt imply that." "So, its just part of the process?" "Yes"

They could have said that in the email!!! " as part of the normal admissions process, we need the following..." Using the words 'your admission' was somewhat misleading.

It was almost mean, I tell, ya, Mean!


(This post was edited by mrsriley72 on Feb 26, 2007, 7:06 PM)


kiiro


Feb 26, 2007, 7:17 PM

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Checked my status [In reply to] Can't Post

Arizona State, University of Oregon, Cal State Fresno, and Penn State all have my status as completed, but undetermined. I need to look into the other schools. Still haven't heard from anyone.


weert006
Matthew Weerts

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Feb 26, 2007, 9:45 PM

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Re: [mrsriley72] new: email financial aid Cruelties! [In reply to] Can't Post

Ok, well I cant stop dreaming about taking a greyhound out to Eugene, Oregon next August. A greyhound from here (Minneapolis) to Eugene would probably take about 55 hours. Ill bet I could finally read, "You cant go home again" on that trip. I would gladly go three days without a shower singing with strangers if it meant I got into Oregon. But I keep thinking about the odds, and I just dont feel like I am one in twenty-five. One in five, maybe, depending on what the contest was and who the other four people were. But I cant think of a single contest where I win against twenty-four people. The game just hasnt been invented. Then I think, "If I invented a game, and didnt tell anyone else the rules before we started, then I could beat twenty-four people. No, one of them would figure it out in time to catch my pathetic score (especially for the inventor) and beat me."

If any of you have any information on Oregon acceptance/rejection please, for the love of Pete, let me in on it.

Oh yeah, and Hollins sent me an invitation to a seminar there this summer. Kind of along the same lines of your emails and financial aid packets. What? You want me to come to a seminar?

I have a deal for you Hollins, tell me I am accepted, and then I will tell you that I cannot come to your seminar because I need to make money to attend your MFA program.

Thanks for the compliment piratelizzy (cool name) about my impotent-grandma edited writing sample posting.

This is still fun. It will be kind of ridiculous when you all get into schools and I am just writing these to myself come July.

The New Unbearables are going strong. Have a good day tommorow all. I hope someone gets in somewhere.

Matt


(This post was edited by weert006 on Feb 26, 2007, 9:58 PM)


prosaic70


Feb 26, 2007, 10:22 PM

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this is getting steadily more depressing. program after program refuses to call; I'm sitting on implicit rejections from Cornell, Iowa, Michigan, Alabama, and WUSTL right now. Well, why don't you tell me? Why this stony faced silence?


Banyon


Feb 26, 2007, 10:55 PM

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this is getting steadily more depressing. program after program refuses to call; I'm sitting on implicit rejections from Cornell, Iowa, Michigan, Alabama, and WUSTL right now. Well, why don't you tell me? Why this stony faced silence?



I thought I had mentally prepared myself for the possibility of defeat, but now that defeat is on my doorstep, I don't want to let it in. Admittedly, I still haven't been officially rejected from anywhere, but the odds don't look so good. Somehow today's round of acceptances hit me really hard, but that may have something to do with the fact that my thesis is due on Wednesday, and I am still waiting for a round of comments that my adviser said he would give me a week ago. *$&#!

-Banyon


Mainer


Feb 26, 2007, 11:23 PM

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Odds schmods. Be strong, Banyon; this is a marathon, not a sprint.

"Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no. And it ain't over now. Who's with me?"

-John Belushi as Bluto
in Animal House


SweetJane


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Feb 26, 2007, 11:57 PM

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Ditto, prosaic. I spent most of my work day feeling like I was going to puke. I could deal with a swift rejection, but having to wait for one hurts badly. I'm starting to wonder about the wisdom of checking the speakeasy, but I know at this point that I probably can't stop myself. Sure, I've got one fairly complimentary waitlisting, but it's no acceptance, and it's certainly nothing I can plan my life around.

This is all making me feel very needy. I can't help but want to whine, "Why doesn't anyone love me?!" Still trying to be optimistic though, reminding myself that once I get in somewhere (anywhere . . . ), this will all be water under the bridge.


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this is getting steadily more depressing. program after program refuses to call; I'm sitting on implicit rejections from Cornell, Iowa, Michigan, Alabama, and WUSTL right now. Well, why don't you tell me? Why this stony faced silence?



SJ

"Oh, all the poets they studied rules of verse
and those ladies, they rolled their eyes"


BlueVelveeta


Feb 27, 2007, 12:31 AM

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Re: [piratelizzy] What I'll do with another year... [In reply to] Can't Post

Aw, thanks...if it makes you feel better, my last vacation was spent between Detroit and Cleveland. Woo.
But do feel free to come along. The place we're staying is near a new age retreat, and I'll bet they'd let you stay for free if you'd run their drum circle. ; )

As for the waiting stuff, it has gotten so impossibly old. I know I'm supposed to "calm down" and "be patient," but that's awfully hard to do when I'm waiting to figure out where I'll be living/working come September---not to mention to find out what my creative contemporaries think of my writing. Not knowing is hard; harder for me, at least, than being rejected. If I knew I had been rejected, I could move on with my life, sign up for fall workshops and conferences, etc. But as it is new, I feel stuck, impatient, and painfully distracted. Yurk.



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I haven't taken a vacation in fifteen years... My rusted-out Subaru is too unreliable to make it farther than the edge of town, which is fine because I have no money for gas anyway... I may be getting laid off, too. Forget Hawaii. In the words of Eric Cartman: "F-U, guys, I'm going home."

No, just kidding. Have fun and all that. Congratulations are definitely in order to anyone who's got the nerve to elope in this age of $50,000 weddings. I'm just a bitter old hag but I'll wish you well. Oh, can I go along as your personal baggage handler or something? Or as your beloved pet poodle? You should see my haircut...



EastCoastPoet


Feb 27, 2007, 12:56 AM

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I am encouraged by the fact that people have been rejected to some of the places I have applied to before I have. What does that mean to me? I take it as "Hey, you got a chance!" No news is good news, for now. When I hear from somewhere, some kind of acknowledgment that they think I'm good enough or not good enough, then I'll start to care some more. Why worry about the things we cannot change? Oh well...I've taken my guitar from the bag and started playing some again. Plus, I've heard Chuck Palahniuk has a book coming out in May, so that's all I'm looking forward to.


mares


Feb 27, 2007, 1:07 AM

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Odds schmods. Be strong, Banyon; this is a marathon, not a sprint.

"Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no. And it ain't over now. Who's with me?"

-John Belushi as Bluto
in Animal House



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