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hamholio


Dec 6, 2006, 2:10 PM

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Franz --

Just want to thank you for your comments throughout this thread. I'm another Iowa City dweller (although, I'm more of a recent transplant from Cedar Rapids) and Hopkins is at the top of my list. I can't imagine not applying to JHU because it's in Baltimore -- for me, the faculty trumps the location, and Hopkins has to have close to the best, if not the best.


renapoo


Dec 18, 2006, 12:40 AM

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So, I tried to submit my online application to JHU complete with writing samples, resume, and S.O.P., all uploaded as .doc files. I put my name in the upper right hand corner of everything (as the Writing Seminars website says I should, for the writing sample at least), but then when I preview my application the system has already put my name up there, along with "writing sample," or "resume," or whatever category it is. This text overlaps and makes the whole document look messy.

Anybody send in this application already and deal with this issue? Is what you see in "preview" exactly what gets printed out by the readers? Should I take out my name, even though the W.S. site says to put it in? I'm going to try to call them tomorrow, but I'm not sure who to ask about this and they might give me the runaround.

Thanks! If I find out anything I'll post it...


Glinda Bamboo


Dec 18, 2006, 11:20 AM

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I haven't yet submitted my JHU app, so I'm no help...but I'd love to hear the news when you get an answer. I'd guess that the preview is how it will print, so you can probably take off your name and info. But let us know when you find out. Thanks!


Banyon


Dec 18, 2006, 12:00 PM

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I haven't yet submitted my JHU app, but... my guess is that you only need to put your name on everything if you're submitting a hard copy of your application. Does JHU ask you to also send a hard copy directly to the writing department?


renapoo


Dec 18, 2006, 12:22 PM

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No, it's weird. They say you have to submit your writing sample online, then tell you to put your name on your writing sample. But when you actually do that, it looks messy as hell.

I e-mailed them to find out. I should probably call, but I'm scared of the phone, and this is the kind of question that makes me look anal and crazy, so...


HopperFu


Dec 18, 2006, 12:58 PM

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...this is the kind of question that makes me look anal and crazy, so...


Just tell them your name is Banyon, consequences be damned. ;)


renapoo


Dec 18, 2006, 5:13 PM

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OK, this has come from JHU:

"I suspect that the on-line system automatically puts your name in the
upper right hand corner of the writing sample, but I'm not 100% sure
since this is the first year we're using this system. Sorry for the confusion."

Hm. Reassuring but mildly inconclusive. I guess I'll put my name in the footer of all my docs, just to be sure.


Banyon


Dec 18, 2006, 10:36 PM

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...this is the kind of question that makes me look anal and crazy, so...


Just tell them your name is Banyon, consequences be damned. ;)



Ha! Yes. Everyone, feel free to use my name when asking stupid questions at JHU. I already asked them a question along the lines of "OMG, I read on your website that the subject GRE is suggested and not required... but is it STRONGLY suggested or MILDLY suggested? And could you give me an exact percentage of the number of students admitted each year who have taken it? Or how about a percentage of the number of students admitted for poetry????"

No one could possibly do more damage to my good name than I already have:o)


(This post was edited by Banyon on Dec 18, 2006, 10:37 PM)


Glinda Bamboo


Jan 9, 2007, 8:50 AM

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I've already submitted my JHU app, so this won't help me, but maybe it can help others. When you completed the online app, did you upload your writing sample and intro/critique as one document or two? I uploaded them separately, but when I got down to the statement part it looked like they wanted the intro in the same document as the writing sample. So you just tack on your intro on pages one and two and your sample starts on page three. Did anyone do it that way? I'm sure it ultimately doesn't matter, but I'm just curious what everyone else did.


Banyon


Jan 9, 2007, 11:14 AM

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I've already submitted my JHU app, so this won't help me, but maybe it can help others. When you completed the online app, did you upload your writing sample and intro/critique as one document or two? I uploaded them separately, but when I got down to the statement part it looked like they wanted the intro in the same document as the writing sample. So you just tack on your intro on pages one and two and your sample starts on page three. Did anyone do it that way? I'm sure it ultimately doesn't matter, but I'm just curious what everyone else did.



I'm pretty sure I uploaded mine as two separate documents. I don't remember seeing anything about putting the intro with the writing sample, but I am *really* incompetent with these things. My current feelings: If i get in anywhere, it will be a miracle!


alishein


Jan 11, 2007, 12:41 AM

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at first, i thought that the 2 page critique/statement of purpose was supposed to be a cover for the writing sample but when I was doing the app online (I was just working on it) it definitely wanted the 2 page thing uploaded separately. there were even special instructions right there in the app. telling you what the MFA program was looking for -- so I'm certain that we all did it right.


LateApplicant


Jan 11, 2007, 12:51 PM

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FWIW, I wrapped up my JHU app. last night, and it was exactly as alishein said: the online system wanted two separate uploads, one for the writing sample, one for the critique/statement of purpose. And yes, it did explicitly say something like, "Those applying to The Writing Seminars should upload, in lieu of a Statement of Purpose, a critique of their work in which blah..."


cprtop77


Jan 11, 2007, 2:06 PM

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See, I thought the SoP and the writing sample were supposed to be in the same document. It says, "M.F.A. applicants should include in their writing sample a two-page introduction and critique of their work." Then, the heading for the SoP Upload section says "Writing Sample (for Writing Seminars M.F.A. Only) Upload," which I again took to mean that the SoP and the Writing Sample should be in the same document.

At the same time, though, I'm pretty sure it's not a big deal either way. They will get both documents no matter how you do it. I haven't submitted anything yet myself, though. Has anyone done it as just the one document? Is there some kind of warning telling you that you haven't submitted something required?




LateApplicant


Jan 11, 2007, 7:35 PM

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I think when you run the "Check Application" feature (that thing that lets you know whether you've filled in all required entries), it'll tell you there's something missing. Actually, at first I thought that submitting the SoP and the WSample online was optional, and I wanted to send hard copies (don't ask me why!) so when I ran the Check Application feature it told me I couldn't submit the application because I hadn't uploaded the SoP or the WS. My guess is that if you put everything in one doc (either on the WS slot, or on the SoP slot), it'll tell you that the other one's missing. But whatever the outcome of this weird electronic thingie, it's no big deal provided they get all the stuff, as you sensibly pointed out...


bighark


Jan 11, 2007, 7:49 PM

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Are you supposed to bundle your stories/poetry together in one MS Word document? I'm confused--and screwed. One of my samples is a PDF of a Quark Xpress file.


podi


Jan 14, 2007, 7:49 PM

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bighark,
I bundled my two stories into one Word document, with a note at the top saying, "Story 1: Pages X-X" and "Story 2: Pages X-X". it seemed like you could only upload one document.

good luck,
s.


LateApplicant


Jan 14, 2007, 8:06 PM

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Yes, just one doc, like Sergio says. I assume that by now you must be re-typing your story onto one Word doc, from the pdf file... sucks... No way to copy and paste from a pdf file, right?


bighark


Jan 14, 2007, 8:45 PM

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Believe me, typing the other story into Word would be impossible.

Fortunately, I figured out a workaround. I uploaded my PDF story to the resume section. I told the program admin what I was going to do, and made an additional note in my other story.


franz

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Jan 25, 2007, 10:38 AM

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Rumor has it (e.g., from Steve Dixon's mouth) that JHU is only taking two fiction students this year, to keep the number at 10. Seems crazy to me, since they took 8 last year... it would make more sense to add a few more and gradually balance things out. So I don't know if this is true or not.
The poetry department is more balanced, and I imagine there will be 5 spots there.
Fiction writers-- don't despair but keep this in mind.


Franz Knupfer, author of short stories and novels


Glinda Bamboo


Jan 25, 2007, 1:22 PM

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Wow, only two? That is very disappointing. I never really liked how JHU didn't openly say how many students they'd accept this year. If I had known they were only taking two, I might not have bothered to apply.

Geez, that would mean Cornell is accepting twice as many fiction students as JHU. Insane.


BridgetB


Jan 25, 2007, 1:35 PM

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Hmmm... I seem to pick the off years to apply to Hopkins-- I applied two years ago, when (I was later told) they only took two students, but not last year when they accepted eight. Sigh. Oh well, what are you going to do? One of these years maybe I'll get on the right cycle.


koleski


Mar 5, 2007, 6:13 PM

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Rejected today (fiction).

"...We are able to take only four to six students in each genre and the applicants seem to us uncommonly good, making a very difficult decision..."

Thanks JHU...I'd like to go on thinking I'm "uncommonly good" despite your rejection... I thought that was a nice way to label the applicant pool.

I have a lot of respect for this program (as we all do on this thread), but I am not heartbroken for one seemingly unavoidable truth: no writers of color. That's a big deal to me...not sure how anyone else feels about race affecting voice and perspective...


piratelizzy


Mar 6, 2007, 4:17 PM

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When I first looked through MFA program websites last year, I remember scanning lists of the faculties for signs--any signs--of some heterogeneity. It was discouraging, to say the least.

But I do find, from time to time, that there are people who are genuinely committed to change.

I'm a writer of Hispanic and mongrel roots. It's good to "meet" you, koleski.


'sup?!


koleski


Mar 6, 2007, 5:07 PM

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Nice to meet you too, piratelizzy. I love how you put that. Anyone genuinely committed to change can be a mover and shaker, despite any vacuums of hegemony or homogeny. Pockets of people anywhere can be diversified--and not only through the lens of culture--through the music of one writer's ear, regardless of the landscape, transcribed pitch-perfect on the page. I am so looking forward to meeting some truth tellers in my M.F.A. program next year--wherever I end up...


Glinda Bamboo


Mar 6, 2007, 9:03 PM

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Is anyone able to confirm that JHU only accepted 2 fiction writers this year? I know that's what Franz said and it has been floating around since, but I'd be curious to know for sure. My lovely rejection letter said they could only take 4-6 students per genre. I really wish JHU had been up front from the beginning about how many students they were admitting -- maybe they didn't know until the application process was well underway, but still. It feels misleading that they never indicated how many they could accept. (I applied thinking 6-8 get in.) And does this mean that next year they'll take 8 fiction writers, or will there be some new crazy number game?

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