Mar 21, 2008, 10:59 AM
Post #1011 of 1632
I got a rejection letter from Hunter yesterday. The letter was dated March 17th. I live in Brooklyn, so I am probably among the first in this great country of ours to receive one.
This is my first, and will likely be my only post here. I just wanted to thank all of the people that have been writing on these blogs (here, Seth Abramson's blog, etc.). I went into this process very half-cocked. I only decided to apply for MFA programs the second week of January. I knew extremely little about the process or how competitive it was. Hunter and Brooklyn College were the only schools I applied to because I wanted to stay in New York, and they were the only schools whose deadlines for application had not already passed.
After stumbling across these blogs, I've definitely been schooled. As frenzied as these postings sometimes get, there's a wealth of information here to be had. And now that I've been rejected from Hunter (and likely from Brooklyn too, just waiting for the letter) I feel as though I am exponentially more prepared for doing this again next year.
I mean, I didn't even know that there were schools out there that gave you full-funding. This, to me, is huge.
I am not bummed out. I think I had a good learning experience. And I 'd like to offer some words of encouragement to those of you who did not get any acceptances:
So long as you write, you are a writer. This is the most important thing. And the more you do it, the better you will get. Within or without the context of an academic setting.
Honestly, I have a lot of misgivings about these programs. I made the decision to try to get into one for my own reasons. Again, you don't NEED them to write. Just keep on writing and trying to get closer to the truth, whatever that might be for you. The world needs us, whether it (or you) knows it or not.
So, maybe your ego will take a little hit (in my case, it is thankfully not a very big one). Whatever. Get over it and keep on working.
Good luck with everything everybody, whatever your situation.
(This post was edited by jakarta on Mar 21, 2008, 11:02 AM)