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v1ctorya


Jan 16, 2009, 2:29 PM

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I did my undergrad there too, in the School of General Studies. You must have graduated recently. When I was there it was all adjuncts teaching. But beautiful and rich MFA students doesn't sound too bad! Are you applying? I like that they have such a big class size, I feel there will be more students like me, writing realistic prose with a vague international sheen to it.



Nope, I want to leave the city, sick of it. I applied to west coast schools mostly. Need to knock myself out of familiarity and routine.


JarvisHTR


Jan 16, 2009, 2:32 PM

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Gotcha - sunlight, beaches, warmth, sound pretty damn good right now.


germericanqt


Jan 16, 2009, 2:36 PM

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I love how Columbia is this year's Iowa, even though they haven't actually done anything... last year everyone was bickering and freaking out about Iowa taking away first publication rights, this year everyone is freaking out/arguing about extortion at Columbia. People have to have their drama, I guess. :)


JarvisHTR


Jan 16, 2009, 2:39 PM

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Especially after the poor SoA just raised its financial aid packages - and in this economy!


JarvisHTR


Mar 4, 2009, 1:24 AM

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Anyone else accepted? I found out the other day. Still waiting on Hunter (likely a ding) and Brown but would rather go to CU. We could start a class of 2011 Facebook group and all join or something...


mobhaktuk


Mar 4, 2009, 1:31 PM

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Hi JarvisHTR, I was accepted to Columbia yesterday. I'm also waiting on Hunter :)


kianoosh


Mar 4, 2009, 2:38 PM

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accepted to columbia this morning for non-fiction. ahhh - so excited. funding is a huge scary issue though. but, i feel like i am going to have to just make it work somehow....


JarvisHTR


Mar 4, 2009, 2:48 PM

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I think we're sunk re: Hunter, as you know doubt already know they informed the fiction and poetry people last week. I spoke with a current Columbia MFA student and she said the pace at Columbia is frantic - they are expected to read three books a week, crit 70 pages of student writing, electives on top of doing their own writing. But I think that's what I'm after, a mindbending experience within a big community of writers. How about you?


kianoosh


Mar 4, 2009, 8:37 PM

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the idea of columbia is very exciting- them seem to put a lot of thought into the shape of the program. i am wondering though how much i will be able to work while attending the program. just going to school for me is not an option - i have to earn my keep! anyone have any advice about this? does the program offer night classes?


JarvisHTR


Mar 4, 2009, 10:06 PM

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Congrats on the acceptance! There should be enough loans available to 'make it work,' I would imagine, but if you don't want debt it could be a problem. There must be part-time jobs available in NYC. During undergrad at CU I made about $25/hour part-time web-editing for a law magazine.


kianoosh


Mar 4, 2009, 10:22 PM

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yeah im not afraid of taking out the loans - i know i will have to. ive already taken out too many. im finishing up an MA at mcgill right now.

ill make it work somehow- the program is just tooooo good. ahhhh! im also waiting to hear from hunter and the new school. it sounds like you live in nyc- how long is the commute to columbia from brooklyn? i was in ny just last week but avoided all the campuses in fear that i would run into the offices and ask dumb questions.... but, my trip did give me a chance to fall in love with brooklyn.


JarvisHTR


Mar 4, 2009, 10:37 PM

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About a 45min to an hour, sort of depends which subway, the time of the day, where in Brooklyn etc. Definitely do-able. I feel the same about the loans, my attitude is like, if you're going to be an artist, you have to have the confidence that you're worth the best most intensive program. Otherwise what's the point?


kianoosh


Mar 4, 2009, 10:42 PM

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yeah i hear ya - i feel like if i didnt go just because of $$$ i would forever regret it. and columbia seems to really open some doors (at least partially).

hopefully we will be classmates next year...your genre is fiction right?


JarvisHTR


Mar 4, 2009, 10:46 PM

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Yeah! Though creative non-fiction is apparently where all the big book deals are going these days! Well good luck, I think if no one else does, I'll start a Columbia MFA writing Class of 2011 facebook site


kianoosh


Mar 4, 2009, 10:49 PM

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haha - facebook club. kind of hilarious! im on the facebook though, ill join your club.


JarvisHTR


Mar 4, 2009, 10:52 PM

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That way we can spy on the competition! But seriously, it's a great networking tool


kianoosh


Mar 4, 2009, 10:56 PM

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let me know when its up.


JarvisHTR


Mar 4, 2009, 10:58 PM

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Sure definitely, I'll glance around on Friday to see if anyone else has and if not, I'll make one


Khalilah


Mar 5, 2009, 2:12 AM

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I know this is an old question but I just wanted to share for any people worried about this in the future that although there have been some robberies closer to morningside park, (when you get to Columbia you'll realize that's a different and literally darker side, i.e. less street lighting, of the neighborhood of Morningside Heights) the area around Columbia from 109th and Broadway to 121st and Broadway is like a college town. Columbia and Brooklyn College are the only schools in New York that I would go to without serious arm pulling because they both offer this aspect of the college experience (and Columbia even more so) albeit in a smaller square area than entire cities that are college towns. For the most part in the area that I just described and even on Amsterdam from 115th -120th, you do not have to worry about safety at all--in this area you have as much to worry about as you would any other college town. Unfortuneately I can tell you nothing about the scheduling of classes in the MFA program as I am a GS alumnae -- Hey GSers! -- who, like V1ctorya is going West or if there's any chance remaining that I got in, North, but not trying to stay at Columbia for two more years.

Good luck and congratulations to all of you Columbia MFA class of 2011ers.


v1ctorya


Mar 5, 2009, 5:20 AM

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Khal reminded me of something - we're leaving. That means our apartments will be theoretically available. In fact, if I can find someone to replace me in my apartment maybe it'll help me in my future case to extend the least to August.

For those coming to columbia or a NYC schools, seriously, PM me before you come up to visit and I'll give you a tour or my area. I live about 15 minutes from the Columbia campus and two blocks from the river.

When I was an undergrad people were scared to go above 125th street, but I love it. I feel my area is so safe because it's an old neighborhood feel. You know the cops, the little old ladies, the park rangers. When I was homebound after breaking both feet last year (which is incidently when I wrote the first draft of my submission peice) my neighbors brought me food. when my cat had cancer, I'd come home to 20$ bills slipped under the door.

It might be worth checking out neighborhoods the schools don't mention. There are a lot of amazing pockets in Manhattan that can be affordable.


Raysen


Mar 5, 2009, 1:15 PM

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Some days, I regret not applying to Columbia. I confess that I've been influenced by all the pro-con arguments that went down here this past Winter. (...that instigator Seth!!) God, sometimes I wasn't so weak-willed. But New York would've been a big change for me. Whatever...


JarvisHTR


Mar 5, 2009, 2:21 PM

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Here's the Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=58885401134 I left it open for artists, film and theatre people too... congrats everyone! It's called "Columbia SoA Class of 2011 Admits" hope it's of use to everyone


JarvisHTR


Mar 5, 2009, 3:00 PM

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Seth has a good point to make about the financial aid, but his focus on it obscures what I think are more important considerations to someone who wants to make writing a career. There seem to be two different types of program, the ones like Brown and Hunter where you are left alone to write for two years (albeit with a workshop, an elective or two and TA duties); then there are the more coursework-focused programs like Iowa and Columbia where there is a lot more attention paid to building a practice through classwork and exercises. You get what you pay for on some level and I think Seth glosses over this.


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Mar 11, 2009, 6:59 PM

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James Franco is not taking Columbia seriously!

http://tinyurl.com/b38dfw

I hope they didn't give him funding...


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moomoocow42


Mar 11, 2009, 7:18 PM

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Ha! I nominate your post to win this thread, Junior!


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