Oct 30, 2009, 10:34 AM
Post #568 of 1018
Re: [umass76] Choosing an MFA Program 2010
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Great to hear from you again. Thanks for all this—and yes, I'm mindful of BU's being a one-year program, and that's really my only hesitation. In particular, I'd be happy to be back near Nashua for grad school, and I've always thought Boston was a great city.
You're also 100% right re: funding for NYC-area schools (where I'm currently located). I've heard NYU is a bit better about it and I'm attending two of their open houses next month, one for master's programs in general and one for the MFA. Hopefully that will help me get a clearer idea of just how good the chances are of getting enough funding to be able to go. As you've said (and I agree), there's no sense going into phenomenal amounts of debt for what is, essentially, an art degree. Doubly true of poetry, where six-figure advances aren't just extraordinarily rare, they simply do not exist.
Re: JHU—that's not great news for the admissions staff/school, but good news for me if it means a decrease in selectivity. I spoke with Mary Jo Salter via e-mail the other day (she's incredibly nice) and got the impression my work wouldn't be considered "insufficiently formal" for a more conservative program like JHU's.
Finally, re: Brown and Cornell—yes, I realize they're extraordinarily selective (as are all the programs to which I'm applying), but I'm really not absolutely dead set on getting into a program this year. I'm still below the occasionally quoted MFA median age of 28 or so, and if I need a couple more years to hone my abilities and built a more robust application manuscript, so be it.
Thanks & all best,
Hans Landa: You'll be shot for this!
Aldo Raine: Nah, I don't think so. More like chewed out. I've been chewed out before.