Sep 20, 2006, 12:09 PM
Post #127 of 1175
I'm applying to NYU, Brooklyn College, City College, Queens College (new program starting next year), and perhaps Rutgers-Newark (also new program starting next year) if it's cheap. I live and work full-time in NYC, have no money and can't take out any loans. So the CUNY schools, and perhaps Rutgers, are the only almost-affordable options, which is cool since they're all good programs. NYU rejected me a few years ago and they get about 1000 applicants for about 10-15 spots so it's an extremely long shot--but I work at NYU and would get free tuition so I have to give it a try. If all else (mostly meaning money, but also convenience, time on the trains, etc.) were equal, though, my first choice would be Brooklyn. Great faculty (Michael Cunningham, Sapphire and others) and I've heard great things about the program. The new Queens program looks good to me too, with a strong faculty: poets Kimiko Hahn and Nicole Cooley, and novelists John Weir and Jeffrey Allen. Rutgers has Tayari Jones and Jayne Ann Phillips, both wonderful writers. Brooklyn, Queens and Rutgers are extremely appealing to me also because the student body is more diverse and more working-class than at the expensive schools. From this same viewpoint, if I were younger and less tied-down and could apply anywhere in the country, I think my number-one choice would be Indiana.
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Prep: I'm almost done polishing a story that I've had very good feedback on. About to write statement of purpose. GRE scores in. (And they crack me up. About as low as they can be in math, and 99th percentile in verbal. Seems about what an MFA program should want. Sort of a babbling dunce.) Recommenders lined up. Undergrad transcripts in. So that's it.