Jan 16, 2006, 1:44 PM
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Standing out in the MFA Application
I'm getting really nervous about applying to the MFA CW program. I have my letters of recommendation (well, waiting on them to be done), don't need the GRE (thank god!) for where I am applying and have been working diligently on my manuscript and statement of purpose. I am an English/Writing major, about a B average (haven't calculated the actual major gpa yet). Anyway, the stiff competition is really intimidating; it has always been my plan to get my MFA CW after undergrad. I was commissioned twice for a college textbook that a professor at my school co-authored; the first essay wasn't published due to business/copyright issues, and the second was used on the book's companion website. I was also commissioned again by the same prof for an essay in another textbook she is co-authoring. (And, of course, this is one of the profs writing the letter of recommendation :)
Do you think this could help me stand out from other applicants? I know my writing is strong, but nowhere near where I want it to be -- hence the MFA ambition. I've taken a few workshop classes, but couldn't get into the actual fiction workshop because my school is weird and only offers two sections, both at very inconvenient times, and I have to work to pay the bills.
Also, since I only have 500 words to write my SoP, should I take a line or two to discuss problems I had in my undergrad years? i.e. I was supposed to graduate last May, but there were medical problems, funerals, etc. that hindered my progress.
Thanks in advance for the feedback. I am going to be a nervous wreck until I find out whether I got in or not.