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podi


Apr 3, 2007, 10:19 AM

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I'm going to Hollins, fiction. If anyone has any tips or advice, let me know!


blair_violet


Apr 3, 2007, 10:58 AM

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I'm also going to Ohio State for Nonfiction. Feel free to PM me!


BMH5


Apr 3, 2007, 12:33 PM

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I called Irvine yesterday and they said letters had just been mailed out last Friday. That puts this whole crazy thing to bed for me.

So, in the end, I'm headed to UNC Wilmington for fiction. My visit a few weeks ago was great--seems like a supportive community, students and faculty were very welcoming, plus you can't beat the location. The campus is four miles from the beach in one direction, and four miles from a cool dowtown area on the Cape Fear River (reminded me of a mini Savannah, GA) in the other.

I'm excited for good surf, good volleyball, and good times. Oh, and a little writing mixed in there, too.


jlr


Apr 3, 2007, 12:39 PM

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Final Tally [In reply to] Can't Post

The final tally:

Accepted - Cal State Long Beach, San Francisco State, University of Arizona
Probable Rejection - UC Irvine
No word either way - UC Riverside, San Jose State

I applied only to schools in the west because I have California residency (though currently in the midwest) and because grey days make me tired and depressed and thus, more likely to nap than write. There were aspects to each of the schools that I really liked: UC Riverside has an interesting group of young faculty; San Jose allows writers to work in two genres; Long Beach is home to Stephen Cooper, whose scholarship I admire; San Francisco has some unconventional professors who push beyond workshops; Irvine is the alma mater of some of my favorite writers; and Arizona has a really great community of MFA students and an interesting mix of faculty. Last week, I decided not to wait on Riverside or San Jose any longer and signed up with Arizona. I have visited the school and am very excited to be starting there this fall.

This was a real learning experience for me - sometime in February, as I read about others receiving calls from schools and my schools were all still quiet, I worried that I hadn't applied to enough programs, that I was somehow selling myself short if I didn't take a shot on all of the most highly-ranked schools. But I couldn't be happier with the way things turned out in the end. I've been out of school for six years now and have a strong publishing record in nonfiction. I know agents and editors and am not too concerned with grad school as a networking tool. What I want is time to write, time to read, and a community of writers with whom I can exchange work.

I think Tucson is going to be a great place to find that.


apelavin

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Apr 3, 2007, 2:42 PM

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Just got a wonderful fellowship offer from UC Riverside. I'm taking it! Inlandia here I come.


writerle


Apr 3, 2007, 3:48 PM

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I live in the Inland Empire, so if there's anything you would like to know about the area, don't hesitate to ask. Also, Susan Straight is great. I got a chance to meet her once and she's very open and approachable. Best of luck!


amykw


Apr 3, 2007, 7:48 PM

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Is anyone else on the board planning to go to Rutgers-Newark in the fall? I'm in for fiction.


malber


Apr 3, 2007, 11:35 PM

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I just accepted an offer (with a fellowship!) from Ohio State in fiction. Turned down a few offers because OSU's program is so so solid and the location/money were great.


tenderloner
Geary'n Hyde

Apr 4, 2007, 1:56 AM

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Congratulations on UCR, AP! Maybe I'll catch you in the IE or elsewhere in SoCal on the weekends. It looks like Irvine is a rejection for me and I suppose UNCG is likely to be as well. I thought I'd be disappointed with the rejections, especially since 7 of 8 notifications so far were rejections, but Cal Arts seems the right place for me. Even though I had 6 more schools to hear from when I was accepted, it just felt right. The Accepted Student event in New York tonight just confirmed I'll fit right into the eclectic group of artists in every discipline.

However, after all my concern over Columbia's lack of funding, leave it to me to get into a school that is only $4k less in tuition and the same living expenses (what? as NYC?!), so I'm breaking my own rule and borrowing a boatload of money. I am focused the next few months to lower that amount through outside grants, living with my mother for a few months to maximize wage saving and applying for outside funding earlier for the second year. I am awaiting word on an assistantship, which I hope will defray another considerable chunk of the cost. Wish me luck!


wildmind1


Apr 4, 2007, 10:29 AM

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My final decision is to attend the MA program at Temple University. I live in Philly and love it here. Looking forward to the next two years and cutting back on all this freelance writing work. Anyone else on here attending Temple?


invisiblefriend


Apr 4, 2007, 11:06 AM

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I'll be attending Wichita State for poetry this fall. Anyone else nervous about Kansas? I'm excited about the prospect of full funding, but Kansas is just so . . . flat. Other Shockers PM me, plz.


waiting


Apr 4, 2007, 12:57 PM

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I work in an admissions office and I think that from our perspective it's perfectly kosher to call and let them know that you have some other offers with quickly approaching deadlines and if they could please let you know your status or when they might be releasing information on your status. Emphasize that you are very interested in their program and did not want to rule them out just yet.

What genre have you been accepted in?

It's okay to call the schools with rolling admission also due to the time of year. USC is such an amazing school, good luck there!

As far as making decisions goes. Think about the faculty and who you want to work with. Also, think about the locations. The schools that you are talking about are all in fairly diverse locations. Also, along with location, look at the cost of living. As far as I know, living in Wyoming is far less expensive than living in Spokane. Is weather a factor for you? How do you feel about winters?

Good luck making your decision and let us know what you hear from the other schools and decide.


apelavin

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Apr 4, 2007, 2:40 PM

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Way to go TL! I have no doubt that you'll have an amazing experience at CalArts. For all the inherent uncertainty in this process, I think you're right about the programs often being judges than we of where we "fit."


jrosello
Jarod
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Apr 4, 2007, 7:53 PM

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gcsumfa


Apr 4, 2007, 8:34 PM

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I called Irvine yesterday and they said letters had just been mailed out last Friday. That puts this whole crazy thing to bed for me.

So, in the end, I'm headed to UNC Wilmington for fiction. My visit a few weeks ago was great--seems like a supportive community, students and faculty were very welcoming, plus you can't beat the location. The campus is four miles from the beach in one direction, and four miles from a cool dowtown area on the Cape Fear River (reminded me of a mini Savannah, GA) in the other.

I'm excited for good surf, good volleyball, and good times. Oh, and a little writing mixed in there, too.


UNCW is an awesome program. How many programs have their own department? Not many. You're a lucky duck!


jargreen

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Apr 5, 2007, 2:44 AM

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Jarod, this is a difficult decision! Perhaps your wife will hear from Penn State by April 15; won't you have until then to let Penn State know of your intentions? If your wife doesn't hear anything by then, I would accept the offer if you really want to go. If she is not accepted, perhaps she could apply again next year. Is there a scenario right now that has you accepted at another writing program and your wife accepted at their law school? If so, perhaps that would be the only ideal compromise.

Let us know what happens. Best of luck to you both.


ellen362


Apr 5, 2007, 3:12 AM

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Jrosello,

It doesn't seem you have anything to lose if you let the MFA people know why you are waiting. They have faced this before. It's not good to accept and then bail out; that will damage your chances of getting in next year. You could fax the paperwork as soon as you find out if your wife is in, if the MFA people agree to this. That buys you a few days. Putting pressure on the law school might not get you the answer you want. 'No' is easier to say than 'yes'.

Good luck!


medusashair


Apr 5, 2007, 8:26 AM

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I'm going to UVA baby!


duchess919


Apr 5, 2007, 11:43 AM

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Is anyone out there sitting on an acceptance from Irvine?


sarahc


Apr 5, 2007, 7:37 PM

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I'm going to the Michener Center at UT Austin. It's all over: the angst, the pros-and-cons list-making, the sinking feeling in the stomach. Congratulations to everyone on acceptances, waitlists, and just plain old survival. Turns out waiting is really hard.


eesa


Apr 9, 2007, 10:31 AM

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I'm going to the University of Washington for fiction. I'm so unbelievably stoked to be going to a program that seems like it will be a really good fit for me. (But all of a sudden I have to think about the logistics of moving to the opposite coast, etc.)


SalPane



Apr 9, 2007, 6:38 PM

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I'll be attending Pitt's program for Fiction. I know that its funding kind of sucks but I'm twenty-two and already have some debt leftover from undergrad (where I majored in the lucrative field of creative writing with a minor in film studies) so I figured why the hell not. Good luck to everyone.


sjc477


Apr 11, 2007, 7:10 PM

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Going to Minnesota, decided today.


a2poet


Apr 12, 2007, 9:32 AM

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Going to Indiana-- it's final.


http://mwicker.blogspot.com/


madelinek


Apr 12, 2007, 11:14 AM

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I'm deciding between BU and Arizona. Does anyone have thoughts? I'm struggling with this big-time.

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