Oct 23, 2008, 6:50 PM
Post #254 of 1018
Sorry! I actually came back to delete after experiencing a bout of "poster's regret," but then you had replied. Last night I met someone who applied to twelve programs and didn't get in one. (I haven't read her writing but she seemed very smart, well-read and had attended writer's programs). She felt like she had lost a year of her life, and she hadn't written since. I saw the flip side of investing so much of yourself in something that, whether you put in 5, 15, or 50 applications, boils down to a subjective process.
I admit, it's easy for me to be cavalier about how I applied because everything worked out. At the time, I thought eight was this insanely high number of applications. Maybe what I meant to say is that if you aren't up for this large number of apps, because it is going to stress you out and cost too much money and take over your life and keep you from writing, it's also okay to just send a few apps out to programs you really care about and see what happens. Maybe that's heresy in this forum. I don't know.
But ultimately, Unsaid78, you are right. The number of applications a person chooses to manage is a personal call.