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almost


Mar 20, 2006, 4:25 PM

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Hi all!

I've been "lurking" via my buddy's account and have decided to sign up and out myself so I can post. I've been waitlisted at Indiana for fiction. Anyone else in or waitlisted for fiction at Indiana? I think at least one person was, but I can't remember who...

Thanks thanks! Congrats to everyone who has had good news, good luck to those still playing what we call here the "waiting game"!


augustmaria


Mar 20, 2006, 4:41 PM

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I got my wait-list letter today for Fiction. It was super-flattering, I thought. I'm honored to be wait-listed--I really didn't think I stood a chance.


aimeegloworm


Mar 20, 2006, 5:31 PM

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where do you live? I'm waiting for a letter in Florida.


augustmaria


Mar 20, 2006, 5:35 PM

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I'm from Maine.


almost


Mar 21, 2006, 1:17 AM

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If we all got waitlist notices today (or tomorrow?), that means Indiana made its decisions (ranked the top 15) at least a week ago. Curious that no accepted Indiana types have outed themselves on these boards. I prefer the UMass thread - people turning down Amherst throw bones over there to us wait list schmucks!

AugustMaria, I swear this isn't meant to eliminate the competition: I just remembered that my roommate from undergrad did poetry at Montana and she loved Missoula so much, she never left! Just in case you wondered about the town (I don't know as much about the city, just the pretty mountains). God, I sound like I'm trying to push you off the wait list, I swear I'm not! :)


augustmaria


Mar 21, 2006, 5:57 AM

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Don't worry--I don't read it as you trying to lure me away! I'm super-excited by Montana, and if I get full-funding, it's going to be nearly impossible to turn down. I want to work with Kevin Canty very badly. I think his writing is remarkably well in-line with my own. Though I've been looking in-depth at Indiana's website and that campus is so damn beautiful! And the funding situation is absolutely stellar. Plus, it's three years as opposed to two. I'm just not sure. I do think that if I have the chance to go to Montana and I turn it down for no real good reason, I'll regret it. Gah! I'm getting way ahead of myself. This all still might not work out at all. :)


clarabow


Mar 21, 2006, 9:35 AM

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Wow, it sounds like there are more people on Indiana's waiting list than there are people who were accepted. Here's hoping you're not low on that (long) list. Congrats, guys. Esp. AugustMaria, who has been playing this waiting game with us for a while!


augustmaria


Mar 21, 2006, 1:08 PM

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I'm a little confused on the issue of funding at Indiana. Maybe someone can help me.

I understand that teaching assistantships--and they look absolutely great. But it looks like there's no stipend given, and students need to rely on the fellowships that are awarded. There are a couple of hefty ones, one in poetry and one in fiction, but the rest seem to be 4,000 dollars and under. This is dismal compared to what other schools offer. Also, it does seem that the funding opportunities for minority students are abundant and generous; however, I am an Irish-Catholic girl from New England and will not be receiving any such thing. Is there something I'm missing out on or am I expected to live on 4,000 dollars a year?


sayra


Mar 21, 2006, 2:08 PM

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i was waitlisted as well, but in poetry. since i've already accepted michigan's offer i'll be taking myself off the list. i had the same question as you, augustmaria, about the funding situation--the teaching assistantship itself looks like a lot of awesome teaching opportunities, but for not so much money...is there somethign i'm missing here? but a three year program is pretty great, regardless.. good luck to those who've been waitlisted / are still waiting / everyone!


viviandarkbloom


Mar 21, 2006, 2:40 PM

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I could be wrong about this, but my impression is that everyone gets the same funding, tuition waiver and stipend. Everyone teaches: nine courses over six semesters, both creative writing and composition. They have little student profiles on the website and it looks like everyone has a fellowship, the fellowships just have different names. But I think the money / workload is the same. Again, I could be wrong. I'm wrong about most things.


clarabow


Mar 22, 2006, 2:05 AM

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i don't like these indiana acceptees who are lurking and will not throw us a little information arrrrrrrrrr


nikkiwrites


Mar 23, 2006, 12:50 AM

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Hi Clarabow,

I have to come clean and admit that I've been lurking around here for a while, and I feel like your post was directed at me (bows head in shame). I just accepted an offer from Indiana in fiction. I was accepted by phone in early February. I wish I had more info to offer. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed for you!


carisser


Mar 23, 2006, 12:59 AM

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hi augustmaria--and everyone wondering about indiana...

i'm a second-year poet there. i thought i should clear up the funding questions, because i looked at the website again and i can see how you might have questions. everyone gets about the same funding a year, fellowship or no. here's how it works--your first year, you have a 1-1 teaching load, with about a $4000 fellowship. for each class you teach, you get $4000, so it works out to $12,000 for the year. the next year, unless you have a fellowship, you teach a 1-2 load and make a little over $12,000. otherwise, with the two-year fellowship, you teach a 1-1 load. the final year is the same as the second year. the chancellor's minority fellowship, dean's minority fellowship and the educational opportunity fellowship are a slightly different ball game, but, at least with the chancellor one, i know that the teaching load is the same.

hope this helps.
feel free to pm me any indiana questions.

-Carissa DiGiovanni


brooklynpoet


Mar 23, 2006, 1:15 PM

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I was waitlisted at Indiana too, in poetry. I have a question for Carissa: do you have any idea how many people from the waitlist get offers eventually? Or does it differ so much from year to year that you couldn't say?

I'm mostly just curious: since they don't tell you where on the waitlist you stand, it's not possible to gauge the likelihood of getting in.

I have to say, the waitlist letter from Catherine Bowman was really nice. If that one was flattering, I can only imagine how lovely they are to the acceptees.

brooklynpoet


imightbechad


Mar 23, 2006, 1:28 PM

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just curious,

how long ago were you waitlisted?

chad


brooklynpoet


Mar 23, 2006, 1:49 PM

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how long ago were you waitlisted?

chad

The letter's dated March 10th; I think I got it in Saturday's mail, the 18th.

bp


clarabow


Mar 23, 2006, 2:03 PM

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Dtva got into Indiana fiction but has chosen to attend Ohio State instead, I think.


carisser


Mar 23, 2006, 9:06 PM

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Hi brooklynpoet!

Yes, it does vary a lot from year to year. I have heard, though, that the more interest you express, the better. (But I imagine that it might be that way for many wait-lists.) I think that if you want to know your position on the waitlist, you should definitely inquire--it can't hurt, and at least you'll know where you stand.

Please let me know (brooklynpoet, or anyone else) if you have any more questions, and I will do what I can to answer.

-Carissa


almost


Mar 27, 2006, 3:15 PM

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And here is my Indiana tally! Anyone want to chip in, if they've made a decision?



Indiana:

Accepted and plans to attend:
1. NikkiWriters

Accepted and does not plan to attend:
1. DTVA

Wait listed and still doesn't know what's going on!

1. August Maria
2. Almost!


clarabow


Mar 31, 2006, 1:43 AM

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Just my luck to get wait listed at the school with the quietest thread on the PW Speakeasy!


clarabow


Mar 31, 2006, 1:45 AM

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An update of Almost's list:

Indiana:

Accepted and plans to attend:
1. NikkiWriters

Accepted and does not plan to attend:
1. DTVA

Wait listed and still doesn't know what's going on!

1. August Maria
2. Almost!
3. Clarabow

If you are lurking out there, SHAME ON YOU! :)


fionayale


Apr 4, 2006, 1:04 PM

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Indiana is a great program for some people, others have less than ideal experiences there. Totally depends on the person, I think. I'd be curious to know what the prospective Indiana students are thinking about it right now.

Fiona :)


__________



Apr 4, 2006, 2:31 PM

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Fiona, do you know why those who liked it, liked it, and those who didn't, didn't? That might be very helpful.


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theapplepicker


Apr 4, 2006, 2:54 PM

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I'm really excited about the program, and I'm enthusiastic about the prospect of attending.

I've now declined all other offers but for Indiana and Houston. I think I'm leaning towards Indiana right now because of the great teaching opportunities, the lower cost of living, the greater stipend, the safety, and the proximity to my hometown (and boyfriend).

At present, I have an e-mail out to one of the current MFAs to learn more about the program, and I'm waiting to read her response before I make any decisions. I'm also waiting for my copy of The Creative Writing MFA Handbook to come in.

Even though I'm leaning towards Indiana, I'm really struggling with making this decision. Both Indiana and Houston were, I guess, my latent favorites (along with Ohio State) when I was applying, and there's so much that I admire about both of these programs. (And, of course, wish I could attend both!)


(This post was edited by theapplepicker on Apr 4, 2006, 2:57 PM)


fionayale


Apr 4, 2006, 3:00 PM

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Congratulations, Apple Picker, on two great acceptances!

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