Oct 12, 2007, 1:35 PM
Post #226 of 710
Yeah, I did. UF was my first choice over the whole 2 years I researched programs, it was the first application I sent out, and it was the only school that I *really* wanted to go to. It was also my only outright acceptance (I did get into George Mason from the waitlist, and for 3 of my schools I had to rescind my application due to some family emergencies that made it impossible for me to get my *entire* application in by a reasonable time). UF really turned out to be the right place for me--I learned so much, my experience was overwhelmingly rich (and not only with my writing and with the work I did in workshops and in my thesis with Sidney Wade--I had some really amazing literature-based academic experiences, found a scholarly love in comic books scholarship, and organized academic conferences ON TOP OF--the writing, literary translation, teaching, etc. etc. etc...). Also, having moved from Boston, it was VERY nice to pay so little rent as I did in Gainesville. I will say that it was sort of tough whittling down my financial obligations to live on the stipend UF offers, but it is do-able and I was able to do it (though because I am me--filled with strange anxiety and the desire to eat out every now and then and to get the better brand of olive oil (something my Greek relatives would be proud of), I did get some very part-time jobs. NONE of my writing, teaching, or academics suffered one bit, though).
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I can never recommend UF enough to anyone. It's one fantastic program, and for all of the hokiness of "The Florida Gators" (and the school's colors--blue & orange) and how that fills the town of Gainesville, G'ville is actually a pretty cool little place to spend a couple of years. It's also a very reasonable place to be a poor grad student for a couple of years (ie the cultural offerings are limited enough that you don't feel like you're missing out, but there is just enough to, I guess, punctuate your experience with some non-creative writing-related fun).
To ANYONE who is sending applications to MFA programs: I more than highly recommend UF. Even if you don't think that you really want to go there. The application fee is incredibly small (something like $30), the application (from what I remember) does not require a statement of purpose, and the faculty will read your work very carefully and *discuss* it and whether they think that they have stuff to teach you and stuff to work on with you based on your talent and their collective talent. Whether you get in or not, your application will be very carefully and thoughtfully considered. And aside from the glory of an actual acceptance--that sort of means a lot. It's nice to know that someone cares...