Jul 8, 2009, 5:18 PM
Post #385 of 1018
I am so glad I found this post! (It was actually the first result when I Googled "Northwestern MFA program reviews and rank.") I have been looking into MFA programs for two years now and I've decided that now is the time to move forward with the application process (I'll be applying to fiction programs). This is my first post on this site but I have devoured everything written here on MFA programs. Despite all efforts to research and gather information, I still feel lost in my application process in terms of where to apply and why. You might call it information overload, that is, if the symptoms of informatin overload are anxiety, frequent doubt followed by absolute certainty followed by greater doubt, discouragement and chronic headaches. I recently spent a week in Chicago and fell in love with the atmosphere; compared to where I am now (Kansas City), I felt a general sense of community and, most importantly, opportunity. As a result, I've been focusing my efforts on finding a program in the Chicago area. I had planned to apply to Northwestern, overall it has a solid reputation, but after reading this post I am, of course, having second thoughts. Columbia College (Chicago) sounds like a good program, but I am now realizing that programs in big cities struggle with funding. I really like how Columbia College offers a joint MFA/MA degree, but I'm unclear, so far, about their funding limitations and I when contacted the program director to see if I could meet with her in August (when I plan to be back in Chicago) I sort of got the cold shoulder ("please read our FAQ section carefully" - as if I hadn't), which was accompanied by a side of tough shit ("I'll be out of town"). So, not a great start in terms of an introduction/first impression.
I graduated from college two years ago, so I don't have access to university resources, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a course, workshop or something geared towards helping you through the MFA application process...? I'm living in a vacuum now, so when it comes to samples, what to submit, etc., I don't have a resource to turn to for help, guidance, or even a valuable opinion. I already own all the books, but I think I really just need to go over everything with someone who knows what they are talking about and will answer my likely stupid questions before my head explodes. Anyway, this post is starting to sound like a Dear Abbey letter so I'm going end it here before things get out of control.
Looking to be Less Lost