Mar 4, 2009, 5:31 PM
Post #314 of 482
As many have said, it's a very unpredictable (and even random) process. I know one person who was admitted to a couple of top-tier schools, a couple of middle-tier schools, but was also rejected by bottom-tier schools, other mid-tier schools, and some other top-tier schools. It's very subjective. So, if you get in, count your lucky stars and if you don't get in, don't sweat it. It really is NOT a reflection of your work.
As I asked before (in another thread), how do you choose among Russell Banks, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, and Grace Paley? If I were on an MFA Admission committee, I'd take Banks simply because Atwood seems so light, Rushdie is incomprehensible, and Paley is deceptively simple and too domestic for me. So, I reiterate, it's very subjective.
That's why sometimes I can't get too worked up about this MFA thing. I know people tie their dreams to this degree, but in the end, your acceptance/rejection is 90% a reflection of the limited number of spots at each school and 10% talent. I truly believe this.
(This post was edited by Raysen on Mar 4, 2009, 5:32 PM)