Nov 23, 2007, 9:31 PM
Post #334 of 454
Hi BLUECHEESE –
I’m not entirely sure what you mean by “community”, so I’ll try to touch on a few things with the hope that I answer your question.
MFA community – Some of us are pretty close friends, and all of us can, at the very least, coexist and work well together in workshop. We have organized events within the program, like readings at cafes, sites on campus, as well as visiting speakers/authors coming to campus. We also hang out outside of the program, like at a bar, at a dinner at someone’s house, or at someone’s Halloween party. Second- and first-years have differing writing styles and come from very diverse backgrounds, which I believe adds to our workshop discussions. In my opinion, the blend of students has shaped our friendships as well as our lives as writers. The faculty members always have their doors open for office hours, they’ve invited us into their homes, and they are adept at helping us mature and accomplish a lot as writers. I can’t say enough about what the faculty here is capable of doing.
Graduate Community – The graduate community here is stellar. I live in a graduate apartment complex where I’ve become friends with folks in PhD programs, other Masters programs and in the law school. The graduate population is extremely diverse, intellectual and fun.
English Dept Community – we take our Lit classes with the English PhD candidates who are beyond bright. We’ve also had a couple of events within the English Dept where we’ve had the opportunity to meet a few of the other students. THe English faculty is incredible. I'm taking 18th cent Victorian poetry (I'm a fiction writer, not a poet) with one of the experts in the field, Prof. John Sitter.
Notre Dame community – It’s a Catholic University, and a large percentage of the student body is catholic, or at least religious in some way. That said, if you want religion to be a major part of your life, it’s here. If not, then it’s still very easy to get lost in your own world. You can live on campus, spend exorbitant amounts of time in the library (like me!) and walk to and from class while listening to your iPod (like me) and not even realize that you’re at a catholic university. The undergrads are extremely intelligent and bring a lot of energy to this campus. The alumni are dedicated to this university and deeply tied to the organization, its goals, and its student body.
Hope that this info is useful.
How is Notre Dame in terms of community?