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WanderingTree


Nov 22, 2009, 12:02 PM

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http://www.peterturchi.com/resources.html (this from the ASU director)

Probably more than you want but it breaks down several approaches and topics you could cover in an analysis.


KrisB


Nov 24, 2009, 10:16 PM

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Great. Thank you!

I started writing the analysis, and I am nervous because it became slightly like a summary. I then went on to specify specific techniques that I liked, and related those to my work and how I want my writing to be. It it necessary to give a plot summary as the reader might/ probably wont know what the novel is about?


Zuleika Dobson


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Dec 5, 2009, 12:45 AM

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Re: [mollygolightly] Writing sample exchange [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm hoping some of you current Columbia students still frequent this board...

I suppose my question, straight-up, is this: when do your classes take place?

Elaboration: I learned at the NYU session that their classes take place in the evenings, and some students hold full-time jobs. Is this the case at Columbia as well?


"Every spectator is a coward or a traitor."


mollygolightly


Dec 5, 2009, 2:42 AM

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Hey there,

Columbia's classes are mostly during the day. It would be hard (though I don't think impossible if that's any consolation) to work during the day full time and go to school. That was one of my main concerns. I ended up quitting my fulltime job to go to Columbia. I will say that my classes this semester have fallen on Mondays and Wednesdays. If you have a cool employer, maybe you can work something out with them? It's a tough program- A LOT of reading but I don't regret my decision. The professors here are wonderful!

Oh, and most students have work-study or work part time outside the school.

Molly




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I'm hoping some of you current Columbia students still frequent this board...

I suppose my question, straight-up, is this: when do your classes take place?

Elaboration: I learned at the NYU session that their classes take place in the evenings, and some students hold full-time jobs. Is this the case at Columbia as well?



Zuleika Dobson


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Dec 5, 2009, 4:39 PM

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You are a rock star. Thank you.


"Every spectator is a coward or a traitor."


Zuleika Dobson


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Dec 7, 2009, 7:33 PM

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http://chronicle.com/jobs/0000616930-01

Looks like someone is leaving. Perhaps a good reason not to profess a love for Ben Marcus or Gary Shteyngart in the SOP.


"Every spectator is a coward or a traitor."


ericweinstein
Eric Weinstein


Dec 8, 2009, 8:11 PM

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This is why I'm so hesitant to mention faculty by name in the SoP—professors come and go, and I'd hate to tell a selection committee that my application really hinges on working with a certain professor when (s)he has just decided to leave & teach elsewhere.


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.


bardberry


Jan 27, 2010, 10:55 AM

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Hey, is there a use for the tracking number that Columbia gives you--I mean, can you log in somewhere with it or is it just for internal purposes?


Zuleika Dobson


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Jan 27, 2010, 2:20 PM

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Yeah, you can log in here: https://admissions.columbia.edu/

It tells you when everything's been received. They were pretty obscure about the site though... had to look through 5 emails to find it.


"Every spectator is a coward or a traitor."


bardberry


Jan 27, 2010, 3:05 PM

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Cool, thanks!


Trilbe



Jan 27, 2010, 3:11 PM

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OH MY GOD THAT IS SO FREAKIN' COOL! I had no idea it existed. You get my maddest props for knowing about this!


Zuleika Dobson


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Jan 27, 2010, 3:20 PM

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Re: [Trilbe] tracking number [In reply to] Can't Post

Did you guys get this Contemporary French Theatre email from them just now?

"Must be a currently enrolled Columbia/Barnard undergraduate or graduate student, a current or recent visiting student, or a transfer student admitted for fall 2010."

Perhaps a good omen...


"Every spectator is a coward or a traitor."


cecilpeoples


Jan 29, 2010, 2:15 PM

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where did you find your tracking number? when did you receive it? which email? thanks.


bardberry


Jan 30, 2010, 1:36 AM

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You need to email them for it. Follow the instr. in the original email you received after submitting (assuming you used the online app).


Anurag


Mar 24, 2010, 12:48 PM

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Hi,

Could anyone tell me how positive is the current funding scene in Columbia - for fiction? ...


Anurag


Mar 24, 2010, 12:49 PM

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Hi, could anyone tell me how positive is the funding scene at Columbia fiction this year? ...


Anurag


NaomiMBishop
Naomi Melati Bishop

Mar 22, 2011, 3:19 AM

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Hi, I wanted to restart the forum for Columbia MFA admits, current students, and prospective students. I am currently deciding between NYU and Columbia's programs. NYU offers better financial aid, however it is a much less intensive program with far fewer classes. Columbia's professors seem much more accessible and the rigorous program can be likened to a PhD in English with a creative dissertation. I'd love to hear from some current students (preferably in creative nonfiction)! Thanks :)


knollwood


Apr 4, 2011, 5:15 PM

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Naomi, there has been a lengthy discussion about Columbia on the MFA Draft '11 group (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_111211268949325&ap=1) I recommend you read it (you'll have to join the group). There's a lot of info there about Columbia from a recent grad, and discussion from many angles. Good luck!


bottledpoetry


Dec 23, 2011, 6:55 PM

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There's talk on the MFA Draft group that the Columbia deadline for this year has been extended to Jan. 4. Can anybody confirm this? I haven't found any updates on the website.


bottledpoetry


Mar 4, 2012, 7:49 AM

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Hola,
Let's talk about Columbia! I'm hoping to restart this thread. :)


esmithrakoff


Mar 6, 2012, 3:37 PM

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Hi. I'm a Columbia grad (MFA, Poetry, ’99) and am happy to answer questions if I can. If not, I know others I can ask.

-Evan


watermelonsugar


Apr 1, 2012, 12:44 PM

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I'm a current Columbia MFA student, and would happily (try to) answer any questions you might have. My concentration is fiction, though I have friends and have taken classes in the other genres as well.

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Hola,
Let's talk about Columbia! I'm hoping to restart this thread. :)



AbbigailRosewood
Abbi Nguyen

Jul 3, 2012, 1:35 AM

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Hello! I'm very interested in going to Columbia in Fall 2013. What is your experience there so far? Do you know whether or not having been published would increase the chance of getting accepted? (small journals, lit mag) What does the diversity there look like? I don't have any other specific questions but please anything you would like to share is appreciated. Thanks.


AbbigailRosewood
Abbi Nguyen

Jul 5, 2012, 5:12 AM

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Also what does a response to a literary works consist of? Is it just a regular literary analysis?


watermelonsugar


Jul 7, 2012, 6:38 PM

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Hi Abbigail! My experience has been pretty fantastic so far. Amazing classes, amazing faculty. The workload can be intense (a LOT of writing and reading), but worthwhile. Of course I can only speak for myself, but going to Columbia is one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Previous publications might not necessarily help an application (the writing sample is infinitely more important), but it probably wouldn't hurt to mention them (briefly) in the personal statement.

As far as diversity goes, I'm not sure what the actual percentage breakdown is, or how it would compare to other MFA programs, but I'd say the student population is fairly diverse. There's a good handful of international students. There's also a student group within the program dedicated to promoting diversity: http://arts.columbia.edu/our-word

Hopefully that helps? Feel free to PM me if you have other questions...


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Hello! I'm very interested in going to Columbia in Fall 2013. What is your experience there so far? Do you know whether or not having been published would increase the chance of getting accepted? (small journals, lit mag) What does the diversity there look like? I don't have any other specific questions but please anything you would like to share is appreciated. Thanks.


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