Mar 26, 2007, 9:03 PM
Post #153 of 793
Well, not officially, BUT...
Re: [Jendago] Another thread revived for 2007
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I just signed my offer letter from U Oregon and am dropping it in the mail tomorrow. Beyond funding, which was for me the most important criterion in selecting a school, I really wanted to stay in the Pac NW and to be within reasonable driving distance of my brand-spankin'-new husband, who will not be able to join me until Spring of 2008. I had a strong interest in working with the UO faculty, and was further won over by Dorianne Laux's straight-forwardness and provision of contact info for numerous current and former students, all of whom gave me very detailed and positive senses of the program. I am also excited that I can take courses in alternate genres if I wish, as I'd really like to take courses in fiction and memoir in addition to my poetry workshops. Finally, though, it was a gut feeling. UO was the first school to accept me, followed by 2 waitlist-turned-offers by other schools, so I did only have 3 to choose from (and that was 3 more than I'd anticipated). They had been in my top 3 all along, so when I got in it seemed like a no brainer, even if my hyper-cautious side felt the need to be patient and thoroughly research the program before accepting. Of the other schools that offered me funding, one required that I teach 2 classes per semester vs. UO's one and the other one doesn't allow extra-genre electives and is in a part of the country where I don't particularly want to live.
I'm really excited---I can't stop browsing Eugene's craigslist and shopping for a new bike to use to get around town. I also just got back from eloping in Hawaii, where I enjoyed the best coffee of my life, and I now feel like joyous sunshine bunnies ate my face.
That's a good thing, by the way.