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Arkinese


Feb 27, 2007, 6:37 PM

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If you want to do amuseum or see a show or go to TJs you can drive to DC for a weekend...
That said, Seattle was my favorite city in the U.S. If I lost a bet with the devil and had to go urban, it would be there. However, since I beat him (by betting against OSU in the title game) I'll stick with my little college town in the mountains.

Ahh, TJs -- in DC, Alexandria and Bailey's Crossing. Not to mention a bunch of places in Maryland...sweet. Not that it will matter if UVa has no interest in me.

I would offer you a place to stay if you're ever visiting Seattle, but I live an hour outside of the city and the traffic is the crappiest in the country. You'd do much better to be in the center of town where you can avoid all the 520 I-5 Boeing Microsoft snarls. Starts at 3:30 p.m., doesn't stop until after 7 p.m. UGH.... I used to think I wasn't cut out for Western Washington because I don't like rain or coffee and don't use Microsoft or have family that works at Boeing -- and hate the traffic. Then when I went to my little college town across the state, I really started to miss it.

Good call on Florida, btw.




renapoo


Feb 27, 2007, 7:51 PM

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Johns Hopkins [In reply to] Can't Post

Somebody on the MFA blog got in today for poetry. I sense a big wave of announcements coming on as March 1 nears...


jchilder42


Feb 27, 2007, 7:54 PM

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I just posted the same comment on the I'm In thread within 2 minutes of your post.

That cracks me up.


renapoo


Feb 27, 2007, 7:56 PM

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jinx. you owe me a coke.


jrosello
Jarod
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Feb 27, 2007, 8:19 PM

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Uh oh, the machine is out of coke!


jobieh
Jobie Hughes
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Feb 27, 2007, 8:27 PM

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Somebody on the MFA blog got in today for poetry. I sense a big wave of announcements coming on as March 1 nears...



A big wave of announcements indeed. This Tuesday night, as I sit writing in a quaint coffeehouse in downtown Chicago, feels like the calm before the storm. The acceptances are going to roll out like thunder, fast and loud, the news of the following days sending waves through the thousands of students vying for those precious few hundred slots. Good luck everyone...


(This post was edited by jobieh on Feb 27, 2007, 8:34 PM)


jchilder42


Feb 27, 2007, 8:42 PM

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I wonder if Hopkins will drunk dial me (again) tonight.


SaraBellum


Feb 27, 2007, 8:43 PM

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Folks...I think I'm going to vomit. I didn't apply to JH... but just the fact that rejections/acceptances are inevitable in the near future makes me feel queasy.

The longer I go without hearing anything, the more likely it is that I will get six rejections in one day..

I guess I will keep drinking and waiting. This forum is the best/worst thing that ever happened to me.


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Arkinese


Feb 27, 2007, 9:04 PM

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This forum is the best/worst thing that ever happened to me.

Sara, how succinctly you have expressed exactly how I feel! And maybe how a lot of other people feel.... It's too bad we're not all in the same town because I'd buy a round for everyone here at the local pub. (And I know it would cost a lot but you guys are worth it.)


jobieh
Jobie Hughes
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Feb 27, 2007, 9:13 PM

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This forum is the best/worst thing that ever happened to me.

Sara, how succinctly you have expressed exactly how I feel! And maybe how a lot of other people feel.... It's too bad we're not all in the same town because I'd buy a round for everyone here at the local pub. (And I know it would cost a lot but you guys are worth it.)



I got dibs on round 2! And yes, precisely the way I feel as well. We'd have to find a good watering hole, the kind that serves the cheap drinks and your feet stick to the floor and there is a juke box at the back that plays records for a quarter and a raggedy old pool table and an ominous cloud of smoke that drifts across the entirety of the bar, from one wall to the next. Us poor aspiring students might just roll out a few rounds that way...


tenderloner
Geary'n Hyde

Feb 27, 2007, 9:13 PM

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Sara, tell me about it. I wasn't worried, my teachers and friends kept saying, "you'll get in everywhere, then what will you do? How will you decide?" I probably said it before, but I welcome such a golden problem!

Two years ago at this time, I applied to law school. I planned to get an MFA later, in my 40s or 50s. Then I was rejected by 8 out of 10 schools. One semi-waitlist (thankfully, I didn't follow up on that one, I would've been in New Orleans for Katrina) and one application I didn't know what to write for the "how do you fit in with our moral values" essay for Pepperdine.


jargreen

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Feb 27, 2007, 9:49 PM

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I'm with you, Loner. Everybody's been telling me I'll get in a bunch of places. My friends, my parents, Gramma, God, even my writing professors! Those bastards. I've been telling them, Hey, this is kind of like a lottery. My chances are 5% at best with most of these schools. Which means that at every school there's a 95% chance I'll get a rejection. But everyone keeps telling me I'm crazy. I have a right to be realistic! I almost can't wait till I get turned down everywhere so I can throw the letters in their faces.

Bitter in Bloomington


strangelet


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Feb 27, 2007, 9:52 PM

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Yep, you hit the nail on the head. The forum alleviates the isolation and frustration, but it sooooo increases the compulsion-- no, addiction-- to frantically attaching importance to the tiniest shred of info or news, however specious, that we hear about any school from anyone who applied. And I know what you mean about too much time going by... BUT, you know, there's always that odd story-- I've heard tons of them here already-- like how last year I had not heard from a school and it was late March so I called them and they had never read my app due to some clerical error and they said they would read it late and they liked it a lot and I got in. Granted that was a very weird experience but it was an ecstatic one as well. So you never know.

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I guess I will keep drinking and waiting. This forum is the best/worst thing that ever happened to me.



Hallelu you're the girl who whispers through the wall
I'd build you a hammer with a thick head and long claws
-- Grant-Lee Phillips


prosaic70


Feb 27, 2007, 10:07 PM

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Re: [jargreen] Dear Speakeasy [In reply to] Can't Post

we will survive.
i just wish schools got their act together. acceptances and rejections should go out at the same time; perhaps the rejections can be a letter-- reach two days later. why wait two months? it just allows tiny, fluttering hope to linger on. 'if i don't call, maybe i still have a shot. won't call. won't call. magic. magic. happen. NOW!'

'effin michigan and iowa.


BlueVelveeta


Feb 27, 2007, 10:30 PM

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Yep. And yet, each time I'd cite the excruciatingly low acceptance rates at the schools I chose, I would be berated for not indulging in "positive thinking." As if delusion were somehow a healthier coping mechanism...


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I'm with you, Loner. Everybody's been telling me I'll get in a bunch of places. My friends, my parents, Gramma, God, even my writing professors! Those bastards. I've been telling them, Hey, this is kind of like a lottery. My chances are 5% at best with most of these schools. Which means that at every school there's a 95% chance I'll get a rejection. But everyone keeps telling me I'm crazy. I have a right to be realistic! I almost can't wait till I get turned down everywhere so I can throw the letters in their faces.



t.ruby


Feb 27, 2007, 10:44 PM

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The fear of multiple rejections at one time is no fun. Luckily my first response (Emerson) was an acceptance. The next day I got Purdue's rejection, and I'm waiting impatiently for the small envelope from my two other schools. Even though I got in to one school, I just hope I don't get negatives from Iowa and JH at the same time.


))<>((
Forever.


Arkinese


Feb 27, 2007, 10:52 PM

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As if delusion were somehow a healthier coping mechanism...

I actually mentioned delusions of grandeur in my UCI autobiographical essay -- and then made fun of myself for having them. The concept always reminds me of that Far Side cartoon where the dog is curled up on a rug, mumbling in his sleep: "And then I caught this 200 lb. cat and really kicked its butt...once I drove my master's car....I can outrun a greyhound...I can bark in seven languages..." and the dog's owner puts his hand on his friend's shoulder and says, "Edgar! Leave him be! Always best to let sleeping dogs lie."

Now that I've thought about that cartoon, I'll probably have a dream tonight where my dog tells me which grad schools I'll get into and that every offer will include full funding and a huge stipend....


kiiro


Feb 27, 2007, 10:58 PM

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Yep. And yet, each time I'd cite the excruciatingly low acceptance rates at the schools I chose, I would be berated for not indulging in "positive thinking." As if delusion were somehow a healthier coping mechanism...


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I'm with you, Loner. Everybody's been telling me I'll get in a bunch of places. My friends, my parents, Gramma, God, even my writing professors! Those bastards. I've been telling them, Hey, this is kind of like a lottery. My chances are 5% at best with most of these schools. Which means that at every school there's a 95% chance I'll get a rejection. But everyone keeps telling me I'm crazy. I have a right to be realistic! I almost can't wait till I get turned down everywhere so I can throw the letters in their faces.


I think the problem is that people expect that when we're "negative" (in this case realistic) we're wanting sympathy and support. It's a natural assumption, and to some extent true. The ego in all of us wants people to tell us we're the best writer in the universe, even if we know it's not true.


t.ruby


Feb 27, 2007, 11:28 PM

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That seems like a possible and logical explanation. However, when I told my brother I didn't get into Purude, he asked, "Why not?" Some people don't get the incredibly low acceptance rates for these programs, especially the smaller programs like Purdue. As for some of the teachers we've dealt with, my guess is they expect us to get in because they know a lot about us. They know our personalities more than the stack of papers we send them.


))<>((
Forever.


kiiro


Feb 28, 2007, 12:14 AM

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That seems like a possible and logical explanation. However, when I told my brother I didn't get into Purude, he asked, "Why not?" Some people don't get the incredibly low acceptance rates for these programs, especially the smaller programs like Purdue. As for some of the teachers we've dealt with, my guess is they expect us to get in because they know a lot about us. They know our personalities more than the stack of papers we send them.

Heh. Purdue's my undergrad program.

It's definitely small. It's not like FSU, with 199 students in the program. It has 20 at most.


weert006
Matthew Weerts

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Feb 28, 2007, 12:21 AM

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It is kind of like that Hoop Dreams thing, I dont know if any of you have seen that movie, but one of the coaches says that in everybodys neighborhood there is someone who can play, and everybody in that neighborhood is shocked when that person doesnt make it to the NBA.
There are a bunch of writers and basketball players out there I guess.

I got my first news of the process today, an interview request from Hamline. It felt great just to hear something, anything. I am going to go in there and hug everyone in that interview.


EastCoastPoet


Feb 28, 2007, 1:35 AM

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Yeah, good luck with that...I'm sure they won't be creeped out in the least bit.

On a more positive note, I have found that movies and girls take my mind off of this whole MFA rat race. Plus, I do my M.A. school work on occasion too.


strangelet


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Feb 28, 2007, 9:34 AM

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suh-weet. I'm with you on the hugging thing, I get you ;) I've actually never heard of anyone getting an interview request before. Is that common?

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It is kind of like that Hoop Dreams thing, I dont know if any of you have seen that movie, but one of the coaches says that in everybodys neighborhood there is someone who can play, and everybody in that neighborhood is shocked when that person doesnt make it to the NBA.
There are a bunch of writers and basketball players out there I guess.

I got my first news of the process today, an interview request from Hamline. It felt great just to hear something, anything. I am going to go in there and hug everyone in that interview.



Hallelu you're the girl who whispers through the wall
I'd build you a hammer with a thick head and long claws
-- Grant-Lee Phillips


whiskeytown



Feb 28, 2007, 9:36 AM

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I just received an email this morning that I'm "high on the waitlist" at U of M (poetry).
As has been said by others, nothing is official until you hear directly from the program.


renapoo


Feb 28, 2007, 9:37 AM

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Just got an e-mail from michigan saying I'm on their fiction waitlist. I AM PSYCHED!!! This makes me extreeeeemly happy. Also, the letter was really nice and provided a lot of information. Good stuff.

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