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Raignn



Mar 20, 2008, 2:29 PM

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Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your time at Purdue immensely. I have nothing bad to say about the program and hope in three years you feel similarly.

Any questions you might have about the town or in general, feel free to send me a PM and I'll answer the best I can!


jkinnebe


Mar 20, 2008, 3:14 PM

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mchard:

I'm poet #4 at Idaho, so thank you! Congratulations on all your acceptances!


aiyamei

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Mar 20, 2008, 3:46 PM

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There's no question -- go with The New School. Agents and editors might be very abstract to you now, but later you're going to be glad you went to a school that put you in contact with lots of these very interesting people in the most unforced way possible. That's what New School, Columbia, and NYU can do for you, if you're halfway bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, by which I mean willing to go to readings and parties in the city and meet people and hang out. Why sequester yourself? I say this as someone who did NOT go to an MFA program in the city, but I have friends who did, and they have been my greatest resource in trying to navigate the world of agents and editors. And they are none the worse for living in the most fantastic city in the U.S. Of course, I say this as someone who is not convinced that an MFA program is necessary at all, except as a way of mitigating the unbearable loneliness and isolation that is the writer's lot, i.e. I am pretty convinced that what I'm going through with my novel right now for instance (I'm working with an agent who is a bloodhound for weaknesses in plot, style, characterization, freshness) could not possibly be more intense or the learning curve steeper if I were in a program, however I'm infinitely less well set-up socially than I would be if I had a bunch of classmates to turn to, etc.

Oh, but now I'm thinking that maybe you're poetry, not fiction. If you're poetry, then I don't know what to tell you, although I think the above might still partially apply.


blarring


Mar 20, 2008, 4:49 PM

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Re: [aiyamei] Help! Pick one! [In reply to] Can't Post

aiyamei, I'm fiction. Thank you, and thank you all for your input. You're helping me more than you know. I can't make up my feeble mind and I needed to hear what others in my situation or those who have been through it have to say.

Thank you all, and by all means, keep the opinions comin'.

Best,



B. Lynn Arrington
"A Southerner talks music." --Mark Twain



bighark


Mar 20, 2008, 6:35 PM

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Re: [ejdifili] Alabama vs. Notre Dame [In reply to] Can't Post

I had a very positive experience.

The campus is beautiful, but so are a lot of other campuses.

South Bend is kind of blah, but so are a lot of other towns that have world class universities.

"Conservative" may mean different things to different people, so I can't really comment on that. What I can say is that the place takes its Catholic character very seriously.


forthedogs


Mar 21, 2008, 5:38 AM

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Re: [Glyph] Alabama vs. Notre Dame [In reply to] Can't Post

Hey, Glyph,

I'm on the same "limbo" list. As far as I understand it, it's a watilist for the waitlist. Like if they make it through the waitlist, then they started making calls to people on the "limbo" list. Maybe you know something different, though.

The (very kind) woman I spoke to on the phone the other day said it "wasn't the best place to be in" if ND was my top choice. You never know, though.

She also said they were making an anonymous database/list of reasons why acceptees decide to go to other schools and where they go. Like is it funding, ranking, faculty. I think this is really good idea. I don't know if other schools do this, but I think getting an idea of what's important to applicants is a good thing.

Anyway, best of luck!


ejdifili
Emily

Mar 21, 2008, 2:36 PM

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The (very kind) woman I spoke to on the phone the other day said it "wasn't the best place to be in" if ND was my top choice. You never know, though.


Yes, Coleen is very kind--I wanted to comment upon that. I have really appreciated the respectful way she has dealt with me each time I have called Notre Dame. And I'm sure she gets lots of inquiries and has many other responsibilities there too.

People at other programs have been very cold and snippy in comparison, and I don't think that's right. We have all shelled out a lot of money to go through the application process, and we don't deserve to be treated as an inconvenience when calling to inquire about our futures. I can see how numerous applicant calls might be annoying if it's, like, the middle of February, but at this late date, I think we have every right to want to know what's going on.


dickenscratch



Mar 21, 2008, 2:40 PM

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Re: [taggie7] Am I going crazy? Are you going with me? [In reply to] Can't Post

If anyone's interested in my decision process, you can read all about it here...I have no idea if this is interesting to anyone other than me, but I'm mostly just hoping that someone will have some advice for me as I try to choose between a few schools.

Good luck to everyone out there...


Glyph


Mar 21, 2008, 3:03 PM

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Thanks, JWhelan! I agree, Coleen is probably the nicest person I've encountered to date through this process (besides you guys, that is). She's got a sense of humor, too.


Osiris


Mar 21, 2008, 3:40 PM

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Re: [annie0] Am I going crazy? Are you going with me? [In reply to] Can't Post

I lurk here all the time. I've been accepted at the University of Montana and I've also collected seven rejections. I'm still waiting to hear from UCI, UVA, UNCW and UNLV, all in poetry. I had my best friend call UCI, UVA, and UNCW for me this afternoon because I was too nervous and full of Diet Coke. I am really excited about Montana but I just want to know so I can make the decision! Peace and love to all.


Beathan


Mar 22, 2008, 1:29 AM

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I love this thread! Thank you to whomever created it. I definitely share the feeling of unworthiness yet I've gotten into a few schools. Right now my choice lies between the University of Minnesota and the New School (nonfiction). These both seem like such great programs. Minnesota however is offering substantial aid so thta's pretty convincing. Damnit! It's impossible to make the right decision, right? Does anyone have thoughts?

Good luck you all!


MissEsquire



Mar 22, 2008, 12:20 PM

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Those are fabulous choices. Personally, I'd go for Minnesota just because of the great aid they give there. But, if financing your education isn't such a big deal, you can't go wrong with New York, connections-wise. Wow! These are hard decisions. Guess I've just contributed to their complexity.


lovesapricots


Mar 22, 2008, 1:35 PM

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Hi,

Have to say I'd cast a vote for Minnesota too. The funding is fantastic, and it seems like a really supportive program. Small, too--which for me at least would be a plus. Either way, great choices!

I wanted to ask for advice too. I'm nonfiction, and trying to decide between programs. The final tally looks like:

Iowa: out
Minnesota: haven't heard from them! assumed out.
Montana: yes but no funding
U of Arizona: yes w/out of state tuition waiver but no funding
Wyoming: TAship
Columbia: 1/3 tuition
Ohio State: yes w/funding

This is my second year applying--last year I didn't get the funding I needed. I'm really happy with how things turned out but am having a hard time making the decision. Any thoughts?

Good luck and congratulations to everyone here. What a process!!


upsetme


Mar 22, 2008, 1:39 PM

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Re: [lovesapricots] Wait, yes I am going crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

Columbia or Montana is a tough one. Are you going to visit?

I don't think I'd want to live at any of the other choices ...


paigelgoit

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Mar 22, 2008, 2:59 PM

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Re: [franz] Has Anybody Made a Final Decision? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm stuck and turning to you folks for some insight. Determined to start a low res program this summer, I submitted 11 applications earlier this year. Status as of today:

University of New Orleans - In
University of Alaska, ANC - In
Spalding University - In

Murray State - Rejected
Queens University - Rejected

Bennington - ?
Warren Wilson - ?
Lesley - ?
USM Stonecoast - ?
Pacific University - ?
Fairleigh Dickinson - ? (doesn't even review apps until April 1st)

If my three acceptances are all I have, I'm picking Spalding. In fact, I like their program a lot. But the schools I'm waiting on are all higher on my list. That being said, Spalding originally gave me a March 17th deadline to accept. I begged it to March 24th. Oh and did I mention accepting involves a $500 non-refundable deposit? I have been told by Spalding that if I don't accept by March 24th, they have the right to offer my slot to someone else. Besides losing my deposit, is there any consequence to accepting and then bowing out later?

Suggestions? Thoughts? Any psychics out there who can see my future? I keep randomly seeing April 15th as a noted date but does that apply only to people seeking funding? I scanned the language of the agreement (which Spalding is part of) and it appears to read that way. Due to tuition reimbursement from my employer and income from my job, I am not applying for funding and wasn't sure if that denied me access to the April 15th timeline.

Help!
Paige


Paige
Life Goes On, I Think
http://lifegoesonithink.blogspot.com


Daaaaave


Mar 22, 2008, 3:06 PM

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Re: [Beathan] Wait, yes I am going crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

Outside of funding, what's more important? The NY connections or teaching experience? It might come down to that, as well.

but if funding's a non-issue, it's hard to turn down a few years in New York City.


Moonshade


Mar 22, 2008, 5:15 PM

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Re: [Glyph] Alabama vs. Notre Dame [In reply to] Can't Post

I just posted this under the "I'm In" thread and realized I probably should post it here.
Has anyone accepted to the University of Central Florida's MFA program? Anyone lurking
on the boards that currently attends? I don't think I've ever heard this school's program
mentioned on this site. Anyone have any info/thoughts on the program, faculty, curriculum?
I'd love to hear it.


Scrat1


Mar 22, 2008, 6:06 PM

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Ohio State: yes w/funding


Dude. Go to Ohio.


motet
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Mar 22, 2008, 7:31 PM

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Has anyone accepted to the University of Central Florida's MFA program? Anyone lurking
on the boards that currently attends?




No, this would be a topic for discussion in either the particular school thread or for "Accepted & deciding which school". This topic is for discussing various programs, weighing the pros and cons and other considerations as you begin your application process.


mkha


Mar 22, 2008, 7:35 PM

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Re: [jayg] Am I going crazy? Are you going with me? [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, you are going crazy, but you are definitely not alone, there's a lot of us in the same wagon. I'm so tired of the whole thing I'm just going to push myself to commit somewhere on Monday so I can start sleeping better, and free two spots while i'm at it. It looks like the longer I wait, the more I freak out and I just want to be done with it. Otherwise, happy stressing everybody :)


gina.bee


Mar 22, 2008, 8:45 PM

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Re: [mkha] Am I going crazy? Are you going with me? [In reply to] Can't Post

I've been accepted to SDSU and Mills in Poetry. I am waiting on UC-Davis. I'm like a lot of you and anxious about what to do!

I heard from Mills first, and if it weren't for the expense, I would accept Mills' offer right away.

I'm in some sort of limbo at UCD-- I emailed them and got a response telling me all first round candidates have been accepted, but they won't have to make a decision until 4/15. She said I'd hear something after that. So.... does that mean I have a chance?

Also, (I think others mentioned this sentiment) does it hurt me if I tell Mills I need to wait almost a full month before I can decide?

I almost sent my non-refundable deposit to Mills this week, but a friend of mine talked me out of--saying I should wait to see if UC-Davis comes through (as the funding would be much better).

I must mention, too, that at this point I'm more excited about the prospect of going to Mills than UCD at this point. So do I go with my gut, expect to be in debt for the next 3 yrs of my life (Mills) or go where the funding is (possibly) (UCD)?


Stewbags


Mar 22, 2008, 9:59 PM

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Here are my options:

Michigan - w/ funding
Utah - possibly funding
USC (PhD) - w/ funding
Washington - no funding

Vanderbilt - Waitlisted

Cornell - Rejected
NYU - Rejected
Syracuse - Rejected
UMass - Rejected
Albany (PhD) - Rejected
Georgia - Rejected
Michener - Assumed Rejection
Irvine - Assumed Rejection
St. Mary's - Assumed Rejection

Boy, am I glad I didn't get all of those rejections before some acceptances :). I'm heading to Ann Arbor, LA, and Salt Lake over the next two weeks to poke around and see what fits best. Any insight would be most appreciated - Thanks to all for being an invaluable resource throughout!


ali888


Mar 22, 2008, 10:32 PM

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Re: [upsetme] Wait, yes I am going crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

Is anyone who got in to Montana for fiction with a TA definitely not going, if they feel comfortable saying so?


miss.modular


Mar 23, 2008, 1:16 AM

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Re: [Stewbags] Michigan, USC, or Utah [In reply to] Can't Post

Stewbags,
Is that u of Washington?


Stewbags


Mar 23, 2008, 1:28 AM

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Sure is - and was definitely one of my top picks, particularly for location. Unfortunately, due to the lack of funding, I will most likely decline their offer.

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