Victoria M. Chang
Jul 20, 2004, 11:50 AM
Post #11 of 41
I think Alex's and everyone's comments are very helpful...it sort of depends on what you want to do with your degree and what kind of person you are. I'm at Warren Wilson and opted to go to a low-res even though I had gotten into the Houston's and the Iowa's of the world and I don't regret it for a moment. I have a full-time job and live in California and didn't want to give any of those things up. I would be careful, however, on the low-res programs because while I'm sure they are all good quality, their reputations really differ. And if you want to teach, those things might come into consideration. I also think that going to a school like Iowa will open many more doors for you in terms of contacts, connections, etc., that are hard to explain until you've made them that I think people sort of undervalue. That being said, I've published pretty widely in all the usual places without a degree from Iowa and seem to be publishing in all the same places as all of my Iowa friends, which leads me to the conclusion that it's all about the work, I guess. Go where you think the teachers can help you improve your work the best if the work is your primary focus. If teaching is, well, I think it's better to go to a regular MFA program, unless you plan on getting a Ph.D. I must also note that I do think publishing and fellowships, etc. are a little harder to get if you don't go to a top-caliber MFA program, unfortunately, some people do still look at things (although they shouldn't). Hope that helps.
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