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Adam
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Mar 7, 2008, 1:08 PM

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Re: [ejdifili] Feeling like the world's biggest loser [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm sure something will come your way:)


crummy


Mar 7, 2008, 1:49 PM

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Re: [ejdifili] Feeling like the world's biggest loser [In reply to] Can't Post

ejdifill,

I totally agree. It's painful to watch everyone else get accepted into multiple programs when I've got three rejections and one waitlist (which will most likely turn into a rejection soon) in my hands. I hate this limbo process. My husband and I are getting our house ready to sell under the pretense that I will get into at least one program, but it's hard for me to pick up a paintbrush when there's a good chance I won't get accepted anywhere. I'm still waiting on ten schools (yes, I embarrassingly applied to 14 schools), but many of them are ranked and even those that aren't are still following the same subjective acceptance policy that everyone else is following. I'm confident in my writing, but I'm not confident that my writing is what these schools are looking for. And so I wait.

I'm already convinced that I'll go through this process again if I don't get in this year, but matching your sentiments, this interim year will not be fun. The only positive is that we can channel our frustration into our writing.

Having said that, we'll probably both get accepted somewhere and this conversation will have been pointless. :)


jmorrow


Mar 7, 2008, 1:54 PM

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Re: [sicofelephants] JHU [In reply to] Can't Post

I, too, got the rejection from Johns Hopkins today, but for fiction by mail amongst the birthday cards. Ah well, not too heartbroken.
I think the toughest part about the whole process is trying to explain to the few people I told I was applying that there is a very real possibility that I'll be rejected everywhere. (Fortunately, I have gotten in one place, but am still waiting to hear on funding.) Everyone was just so positive I'd get in wherever I wanted to go, it's put a lot of extra pressure on me. Even after the one acceptance, which mercifully came first, it's tough relaying the rejections to them. Anyone else dealing with overly optimistic loved ones?
Good luck to all!


liamolly


Mar 7, 2008, 2:00 PM

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Re: [jmorrow] JHU [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm expecting my JHU now when I get home from work today. Thank you, being prepared for it will make it much easier to throw it away the minute I open it.

I didn't realize how much harder their optimism would make my rejections!! Having heard for months from writers and teachers I respect, fellow undergradute writing majors, family and friends who love me, "don't worry, you'll have so many acceptances you'll have hard choices to make," in various forms and many times, I truly believed them. Now, I have to tell them, "You were WRONG, and now I'm heartbroken." Yesterday my mom actually said (after likening rejections to getting dumped because not only were they not choosing me, they are choosing someone else over me, gee thanks, gotta love analogies), "And you know we want you and think you're talented." I said something sarcastic through my sobbing that was something along the lines of: Great, I think I'm going to call all the schools now and tell them "But my mom thinks I'm talented, you should let me in!" and I'll have a future again, because right now, I don't.


Yugao


Mar 7, 2008, 3:28 PM

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Re: [Zash] The Rolling of the Heads Begins at Iowa [In reply to] Can't Post

Rejected from IWW for fiction. I think I have lots of company.

It's good to finally know for sure.


dunnkc


Mar 7, 2008, 3:34 PM

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Re: [Yugao] The Rolling of the Heads Begins at Iowa [In reply to] Can't Post

Also rejected from Iowa Writer's Workshop.

Rejected from Texas State, too, on Monday.

Expecting rejections from UT-Michener, Johns Hopkins

Still waiting on U of Houston, UC-Irvine, San Diego State, and Warren Wilson -- possible rejections from these too, based on several factors.

Bummed out, as I said this would be my last try at MFA applications (my fourth year).


(This post was edited by dunnkc on Mar 7, 2008, 3:36 PM)


ksy79


Mar 7, 2008, 3:36 PM

Post #757 of 1632 (9394 views)
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Re: [liamolly] JHU [In reply to] Can't Post

just got the jhu rejection, too. AND the iowa one. i thought because it was taking so long to get anything from iww i had a shot. nope. have any jhu fiction acceptances gone out yet?

liamolly, i've been reading your posts, and the way you've been supporting others makes me want to join the optimistic in cheering you on. for real, if you need to you can tell the schools, this girl on a blog thinks i'm awesome, too. let me in!



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I'm expecting my JHU now when I get home from work today. Thank you, being prepared for it will make it much easier to throw it away the minute I open it.

I didn't realize how much harder their optimism would make my rejections!! Having heard for months from writers and teachers I respect, fellow undergradute writing majors, family and friends who love me, "don't worry, you'll have so many acceptances you'll have hard choices to make," in various forms and many times, I truly believed them. Now, I have to tell them, "You were WRONG, and now I'm heartbroken." Yesterday my mom actually said (after likening rejections to getting dumped because not only were they not choosing me, they are choosing someone else over me, gee thanks, gotta love analogies), "And you know we want you and think you're talented." I said something sarcastic through my sobbing that was something along the lines of: Great, I think I'm going to call all the schools now and tell them "But my mom thinks I'm talented, you should let me in!" and I'll have a future again, because right now, I don't.



liamolly


Mar 7, 2008, 3:41 PM

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Re: [ksy79] JHU [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you so much. I just read your post aloud to my coworkers (the same who have been scared of me and buying me chocolate haha) and they said, time to stop being negative and get back that optimism I had when I was first applying and before the rejections.

I'm going to try that.

It's great that we are all here supporting each other and someday we will be sitting in cozy little workshops together laughing about our worries on the speakeasy and critiquing each other's soon-to-be-published works!


ksy79


Mar 7, 2008, 3:52 PM

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Re: [liamolly] JHU [In reply to] Can't Post

one day! and we can always start another online community--a virtual workshop? a book club? and how fantastic is it that there's all of this positivity on the "damn, i didn't get in" thread.

at one point i was getting so down, i was this close to saying to my boss, "who cares when this email goes out? can't you see i'm suffering here?" not smart. i started to do--please don't laugh--straight up daily affirmations in the mirror. "you're smart. you're talented. you fucking rock." it's silly, but it works. and you do rock, so there's that, too. :)


liamolly


Mar 7, 2008, 3:58 PM

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Re: [ksy79] JHU [In reply to] Can't Post

Um yeah, I almost said pretty much the same thing about these grants I'm working on... "Do you think I really care about these mind-numbingly dull grants when I consider myself a FICTION writer and I'm pretty much being told that I'm not even good at that? Do you not notice how I get up every half hour to cry or drink water to try not to throw up or pace around in the cold outside? Cut me some slack!!" Never said it though...

I will try those affirmations! Especially before I go to sleep. Sleeping has been suffering and pretty much nonexistent in the last two weeks. So maybe if I try to fall asleep with positive thoughts about being wanted and talented, I'll have better luck. Excellent suggestion!


aluminum


Mar 7, 2008, 3:59 PM

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Re: [ksy79] JHU [In reply to] Can't Post

so far, for fiction:

rejected from cornell and iowa.
assumed rejection from university of oregon, syracuse and michener.
waiting on brown.

HA HA! what was i thinking? looks like i'll be doing this again eight months from now.


monarca


Mar 7, 2008, 4:25 PM

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Re: [aluminum] JHU [In reply to] Can't Post

Right there with ya, aluminum!

Only I'm waiting on Virginia, too and didn't apply to Oregon.

This has been a pretty terrible week. And Liamolly, I'm with you. I swear I go to the bathroom every hour to either cry or splash hot water on my face in an effort not to cry.


Glyph


Mar 7, 2008, 4:27 PM

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Re: [liamolly] JHU [In reply to] Can't Post

Hey, liamolly - I'm a grant writer, too! We may not be professional fiction writers, but at least we get paid to do some kind of writing, right? :-)


liamolly


Mar 7, 2008, 4:56 PM

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

Yeah, what gets me through is knowing that at least I get to write as my job every day; many aspiring writers don't get that luxury. I suppose I should feel lucky. First time I've felt lucky in 2 weeks :)


ksy79


Mar 7, 2008, 5:18 PM

Post #765 of 1632 (9097 views)
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Re: [liamolly] JHU [In reply to] Can't Post

writing grants beats taking notes at investment committee meetings any day, i promise you.


smallfrog


Mar 7, 2008, 6:46 PM

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Re: [ksy79] JHU [In reply to] Can't Post

Just got the JHU rejection, too. So with 30% of precincts reporting, that makes two rejections and one waitlist. Add to that five assumed rejections (I wish that UMass-Amherst letter would show up already). I'm not optimistic about the last two, and I'm dreading having to explain to my LOR writers that all their hard work was for naught. Apologies for the bleak post, folks, I'm having a low day. Thanks for letting me vent.


jayg


Mar 7, 2008, 8:48 PM

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Re: [smallfrog] Florida State [In reply to] Can't Post

Did anyone else get the Florida State rejection letter and think it was out of control rude??? I was shocked.

Schools should take a page out of the Wisconsin book, their rejection letter managed to be somewhat inspirational!


chelbeewrites


Mar 7, 2008, 9:32 PM

Post #768 of 1632 (8837 views)
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Re: [jayg] Florida State [In reply to] Can't Post

what did it say?


mpagan


Mar 7, 2008, 9:58 PM

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Re: [chelbeewrites] Florida State [In reply to] Can't Post

Does anyone know if acceptances come through the mail UPS?


dunnkc


Mar 7, 2008, 10:25 PM

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Re: [dunnkc] The Rolling of the Heads Begins at Iowa [In reply to] Can't Post

Just went out for dinner and drinks with my boyfriend. Having a night out with my mind off applications was definitely much-needed and left me feeling much more positive. Maybe I do have hope after all. There are still four or five more to hear from. So maybe I'll hear something good after all from UC-Irvine, Houston, San Diego State, or Warren Wilson. I won't give up hope till the end!


whyGA77


Mar 7, 2008, 11:28 PM

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UMASS reject [In reply to] Can't Post

Got my long awaited rejection from UMASS Amherst for fiction today by snail mail. I knew it was coming, but it's my first rejection, so it stung a little.


thelmaredshorts


Mar 7, 2008, 11:31 PM

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Re: [jayg] Florida State [In reply to] Can't Post

Smallfrog --

Are you referring to the line in the FSU rejection which states: "While your application showed promise in some aspects, it was not strong enough to secure a space in our program at this time."? Or are you referring to the part about limiting enrollment in light of "prospects for placement of our students upon completion of their degrees"? Can't say I know what that last one means. I didn't think we got "placed." I thought we sallied forth, pens blazing, and published -- or not.

I actually did not find this letter as bad as the one I got from South Florida which includes the line, "Most often the decision not to accept a student into the program reflected the fact that his/her writing sample was not as strong as those of other candidates." This is unnecessary. We know it's all about the writing sample. I for one did not need to be told it wasn't good enough. The letter then goes on to recommend adult ed writing courses. That just pissed me off.

Reading this entry I sound bitter, and I'm not. Though I have 5 remaining applications, I don't hold out much hope. Which is good because it relieves me of obsessing over these blogs --when will I hear? will I get in? where?

None of us needs an MFA to be a writer -- it's just such an appealing way to spend 3 years. I am going to proceed as if it's 3 years down the road and I already have the MFA.

Good luck to everyone.


mchard


Mar 7, 2008, 11:33 PM

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Re: [thelmaredshorts] Florida State [In reply to] Can't Post

I have to say that Michigan's rejection letter was the best I've seen. Anyone else agree?


HappyCianci



Mar 7, 2008, 11:46 PM

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I have to say that Michigan's rejection letter was the best I've seen. Anyone else agree?

It's the only one I've gotten so far, but I thought it was tasteful. They might have momentarily gushed about the "exceptionally well-prepared and compelling candidates" they accepted. But I'm okay with it. Onward!


RaoulDuke
Cobra Cobachi

Mar 7, 2008, 11:48 PM

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Re: [mchard] Florida State [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, Michigan's was pretty good. I personally enjoyed Wisconsin's the most though, coupled with their informative updates on their MFA homepage throughout the process. As far as being rejected goes Wisconsin's let down was the easiest.

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