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Glyph


Feb 25, 2008, 5:21 PM

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Re: [als02] ALABAMA Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

Sorry to hear that, als02. I applied to Alabama for fiction as well, and haven't heard anything. I know they already called people, so I'm pretty certain I'll be rejected, too. However, their first acceptance was only 4 days after the deadline. When did you send in your application? I'm curious because I wonder if they're doing acceptances AND rejections on a rolling basis...

Best of luck to you on the rest of your applications. So far, I've received one official rejection and nothing else from my other 11 schools. Since five of them have already contacted people, they're most likely rejections. I still have a shred of hope that I'm on a waitlist somewhere, though!


forthedogs


Feb 25, 2008, 5:42 PM

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Re: [bennyprof] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

they're still updating. my status just changed (over the last hour or so, i would say) from pending to refusal. best of luck to the rest of you. the program seems awesome and madison is cool town. fingers crossed.

j


mccrary

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Feb 25, 2008, 6:03 PM

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ALABAMA Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

rejected from Alabama for poetry, by mail.


candygirl


Feb 25, 2008, 6:43 PM

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Re: [JWhelan] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

Got refusal just right now:(


molybdenum


Feb 25, 2008, 7:47 PM

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Re: [candygirl] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

Just saw my refusal as well. The first decision of the MFA season for me...


candygirl


Feb 25, 2008, 7:50 PM

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Re: [molybdenum] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

I actually felt pretty good last two hours, anticipating at least waitlist at Wisconsin... But - "no, no, no" for me:( Now I really feel like I won’t get in anywhere.....


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Adam
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Feb 25, 2008, 9:24 PM

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Re: [candygirl] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

Mine just changed to refusal too. Break open that gallon of Jack, Candygirl. It's gonna be a long month.


candygirl


Feb 25, 2008, 9:31 PM

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You see - I knew its too good to be true...:(( Half gallon....


timidsymmetry


Feb 25, 2008, 10:52 PM

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Adam
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Feb 25, 2008, 11:15 PM

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Re: [timidsymmetry] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks! Nothing sooths my sorrow more than knowing that my application money was well spent on adjunct faculty that wouldn't even be instructing me. Thanks for the pat on the back :P


vorgefuhl


Feb 25, 2008, 11:30 PM

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Re: [timidsymmetry] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

also in the "refusal" camp from wisconsin...I almost wished I wouldn't get in today, because it would make my decision really hard to make! someone up there must have heard me, haha.

still early in the game, but I'm wondering if the rest of them won't be refusals, too...that would make my decision very easy, with only one acceptance.


als02


Feb 26, 2008, 12:02 AM

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Re: [Glyph] ALABAMA Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the condolences ;-) My app was probably complete a couple days after the official deadline (I had a straggling recommender), so around mid-January. The rest had been in by mid-December, though they probably waited until they had everything.

Rolling acceptances/rejections would make sense... But I dunno.

I also have 1 rejection and am waiting on 11. 3 of which already have people reporting acceptances... so, I'm hoping for a waitlist, too. Or for the remaining 8 that haven't made a peep yet. Fortunately, most of the ones that I'm not banking on are all in cold places. No freezing winters for me! Muahahaha...


wildflowerfever


Feb 26, 2008, 9:40 AM

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Re: [pensive] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

As a comp 100 instructor at another school, I'm a little horrified by that news.

Most of my colleagues don't know a whole lot about poetry. (And aren't the majority graduate students like us?)


(This post was edited by wildflowerfever on Feb 26, 2008, 9:41 AM)


BLUECHEESE


Feb 26, 2008, 9:50 AM

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Re: [wildflowerfever] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

Ah, but a lot of schools hire those post-mfa people to teach certain creative writing courses without giving them actual tenure-track jobs. So, I'm assuming that it might be the case if they are weeding through the MFA applications. This negative attitude towards instructors/adjuncts perplexes me--for while there may be the incompetent crowd out there, for the most part, I find that there are a lot of brilliant/decent people being fucked over by the crappy job market. Though, at the same time, they could have went and got MBA degrees. So, I can't feel too sorry for them.

In fact, at most of the top literary journals (for prizes even, that cost almost as much as this MFA process at some schools) that are attached to universities, students often weed out the pool of contestants. So, it shouldn’t be surprising if they use a similar process for their MFA programs. If I was on a faculty somewhere, I’d prefer if the instructors did the same for me, honestly. What person wants to spend their time weeding through 500 applicants (and 200-400 of which are probably just slushpile that should remain as slush pile)


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Emily

Feb 26, 2008, 10:33 AM

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Re: [BLUECHEESE] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

I know for a fact that grad students read submssions at Iowa, too. Although, I'm sure they're not allowed to make final decisions or anything. I don't really know exactly what their part is in the process other than screening the thousand-plus writing samples that Iowa receives.

I can't say that it really bothers me that much though. In fact, grad students probably have more time, energy and compassion for carefully reading applicants' work than does the Pulitzer Prize-winning faculty up there.


ejdifili
Emily

Feb 26, 2008, 10:34 AM

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Not to speak ill of the Iowa faculty, of course. The only one of them I know personally is James Alan McPherson, and I think he is actually an extremely caring and compassionate instructor.


BLUECHEESE


Feb 26, 2008, 10:46 AM

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Re: [ejdifili] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, it is just ALOT to read, and ALOT of it isn't worth reading (especially for faculty who are writing killer books, they should spend more time on their books and the students they have in front of them, I think)


HappyCianci



Feb 26, 2008, 10:47 AM

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Re: [ejdifili] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm not sure if the process is similar, but this is how the first round of screening works at my boyfriend's VISUAL arts MFA program:

All the portfolios are boxed up according to genre and stuck in a windowless room, and grad students have like two weeks to come and go as they please and evaluate the applications. They give each app a yay or nay vote, and at the end of the two weeks, every application that has gotten even ONE yay vote goes on to the second round, which is where the faculty takes over.

I think it's pretty fair, especially since my boyfriend snuck me in to take a peek at the portfolios. I mean, an application has to be really quite bad in order not to pique the interest of even one graduate art student.

I think I'm comfortable being screened by students. Even if one of them, at one of my schools, used to hold the status of Other Woman, back when we were undergrads. Yes, the plot thickens...


dilton


Feb 26, 2008, 11:03 AM

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I just got an email from Wisconsin letting me know where to check my status when it changes. Of course, it changed yesterday. Now if I can just get that rejection letter in the mail my wound will have all kinds of salt in it.
Wisconsin was my first notice of any kind. Most of my schools have said something to somebody but nothing to me. Looks grim.


borntorun


Feb 26, 2008, 11:38 AM

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Re: [dilton] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

So, my Wisconsin refusal makes three. I got the Ohio State and Purdue letters awhile ago.

Still waiting for, but in all likelihood rejected from:

Michigan
Indiana
UNC-Wilmington
UMass

All my other schools are possibilities, slim ones at that. (Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, Notre Dame, NC State, Syracuse). I'm pulling a Hillary and putting all my hope in two places, New Hampshire and Penn State. But I feel more like Chris Dodd than Hillary at this point.

Anyone else looking at low-res programs for next year already?


auroraleigh


Feb 26, 2008, 11:50 AM

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Don't give up hope! The last time I went through this ridiculous process two years ago I got two very big acceptances in the middle of March after eight (8!) rejections. And the two yays were from my long-shot, holy-crap schools. It ain't over till the last school inks the rejection letter.


monarca


Feb 26, 2008, 11:57 AM

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Re: [auroraleigh] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

Auroraleigh, that's quite a comforting possibility!


Raignn



Feb 26, 2008, 12:16 PM

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Re: [monarca] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

Don't fear! When my sister applied to grad school (not an MFA, but still), she got rejected from 11 schools. Last school, which was her top school, accepted her. It's not over till it's over! (At least that's what I keep telling myself!)


ajholtz


Feb 26, 2008, 12:39 PM

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Re: [borntorun] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

Borntorun - you got a letter from purdue?


ejdifili
Emily

Feb 26, 2008, 12:42 PM

Post #575 of 1632 (7328 views)
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Re: [HappyCianci] WISCONSIN Rejection [In reply to] Can't Post

Actually, I don't think grad students are supposed to evaluate your application if they know you (at least for Iowa). Although, I guess they could lie...

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