Nov 14, 2009, 1:30 PM
Post #614 of 1018
Re: [ericweinstein] Choosing an MFA Program (2009) & (2010) - International Applicants
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(remember a lot of people stop writing seriously after the MFA).
What? Really? Why even get the degree, then?
Well, the MFA in writing (like any other program) gives you time and perspective to see if you actually WANT to write and if you want to live "this kind of life". I mean, how many times does the average person change majors? How many people drop out of law, medical school and PHD programs? Or change careers mid-life? A lot of students (esp. younger ones) are still figuring themselves out. Some people might discover that writing is definitely what they want to dedicate themselves to despite knowing the poverty, challenges and competition that lie ahead. Some people don't want to deal with the politics and lifestyle and just want to write "on the side" while pursuing another passion. Some people might just burn out for whatever reasons. Why get the degree? Well, obviously to write, to become a better writer, for the community. But also because it might help you figure out to what level you want writing to be in your life.
[I went back to my undergrad to teach a short-course. I could tell pretty much immediately who sincerely wanted to be there, wanted to do the work and wanted to learn and who just signed up because they believed the class would be an easy A. Obviously when applying to grad school, applicants are all serious to various degrees. They all have a passion for their field. But what you think you want to do at 22 and what you want to do at even 25 can be two completely different things. Also, there's serious and then there's serious. Going through a program might help people figure out just how serious they are about their chosen field - that's a good thing.]
(This post was edited by WanderingTree on Nov 14, 2009, 1:38 PM)