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vmsf


Apr 14, 2008, 12:17 PM

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I have accepted Madison's offer (for fiction), declined Sarah Lawrence and Columbia, given up my waitlist spot at Michigan and informed UC Irvine and Bennington of my decision. Best of luck to everyone and congrats on your decisions.


schmeeter


Apr 14, 2008, 12:44 PM

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Thanks, VMSF!

When did you notify Bennington?

I wish you the best! Happy writing.

:)


vmsf


Apr 14, 2008, 12:46 PM

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Hey Schmeeter,

This morning around 9 PST.

Vanessa


spamela


Apr 14, 2008, 1:47 PM

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I just declined the PhD program at USC and accepted at Utah. I'm so happy and excited. It was such a difficult decision to make (the decision-making process literally gave me a migraine for two days last week), but now that I've made it: joy.

Now on to phase 2: apartment surfing on Craigslist.


ksy79


Apr 14, 2008, 2:07 PM

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I have accepted Columbia's offer of admission. I just notified Boston, Sarah Lawrence and Florida State.

In the end, I was thisclose to choosing Boston. It was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make, and I still don't know if I did the right thing. There is no wrong decision, right, guys? Right?


00emily


Apr 14, 2008, 2:13 PM

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UCI [In reply to] Can't Post

anyone going to irvine? seems very few have heard, are y'all just celebrating quietly?


sicofelephants


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Apr 14, 2008, 2:15 PM

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I feel SO MUCH for you. :-/ UT finally accepted me off their wait list, and right after I got that email, Texas State called to say they'd be able to offer me money in the form of a teaching gig.

I don't know what to do now!!! I feel like I'm losing out at least a little bit no matter what I decide.

Bottom line is, I don't think you can make a bad decision either way, you just miss out on a few things.


(This post was edited by sicofelephants on Apr 14, 2008, 2:16 PM)


ksy79


Apr 14, 2008, 2:26 PM

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I feel SO MUCH for you. :-/ UT finally accepted me off their wait list, and right after I got that email, Texas State called to say they'd be able to offer me money in the form of a teaching gig.

I don't know what to do now!!! I feel like I'm losing out at least a little bit no matter what I decide.

Bottom line is, I don't think you can make a bad decision either way, you just miss out on a few things.



You can't make a bad decision! Go where you really, really want to be. I know everyone talks $, and it's necessary to be responsible, but you'll never get this opportunity to focus solely on your writing again (even if you do come out of the program debt-free).

Good luck. And let me know what you decide!


nicolec24


Apr 14, 2008, 5:46 PM

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Texas [In reply to] Can't Post

I just declined an offer from the U of AZ, TAship included. Hopefully that opens up funding for someone who needs it. I'm headed to Austin. I would love to hear from anyone else headed that way. Best of luck to all.


Dinosaur


Apr 14, 2008, 6:15 PM

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I was accepted to Irvine (for poetry), but decided to go to UVA.


Gail30


Apr 14, 2008, 10:39 PM

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I've finally made a decision and I'm really excited about it! I just accepted a spot at UF for poetry (go gators!).

So, I'm opening up spots at:
Wyoming (with TAship)
FSU (no funding)
CU Boulder (no funding)
Taking my name off the SLC waitlist

I hope this gives good news to the folks waitlisted at these programs.

And, just for the fun of it, here's my list of rejections: UVA, Brown, and Vanderbilt. Still no word from UC Davis (so assumed rejection or waitlist, I guess). And exchanged some emails with UNCG, but no official rejection or acceptance.

Good luck to everyone!


readytorun


Apr 14, 2008, 11:24 PM

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I'm headed to the University of South Carolina. Anyone else headed there?


sicofelephants


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Apr 15, 2008, 12:12 AM

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Woo. I'll also be taking up UT Austin on their offer. We future longhorns should hook up.

This will free up a spot at Texas State, as well as one of their IA positions. It pays a comfy amount, and sounds like a lot of fun. I hope this makes someone's life easier. They have SUCH a great program, and an incredibly supportive student body. It was actually physically and mentally painful for me to turn them down.

But, you know, I've got student loans to pay back from undergrad so a fully-funded offer from UT sounds freakin' sweet--and sensible.


(This post was edited by sicofelephants on Apr 15, 2008, 12:13 AM)


ksy79


Apr 15, 2008, 9:43 AM

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Congratulations, sicofelephants!


sicofelephants


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Apr 15, 2008, 11:45 AM

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Thank you!

I hope people in the future can take heart from this. The freakin' 14th, the day before I have to decide, and UT takes me off their wait list. Not only that, but I got off the wait list for an IA-ship at Texas State. Definitely proof that good shit can happen at the absolute last second before time is called.

I'm so juiced.


jdavis


Apr 15, 2008, 2:41 PM

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Happy April 15th, everyone!

I'll be heading to Iowa's nonfiction program in the fall, which means NF spots will open up at UNCW, Memphis, and West Virginia (all fully funded) and there will be one less name on the waitlist at U of Arizona.
Good luck deciding!


dickenscratch



Apr 15, 2008, 6:20 PM

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UNCG - fiction [In reply to] Can't Post

Anyone else going to UNCG for fiction?


miss.modular


Apr 15, 2008, 6:27 PM

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"I hope people in the future can take heart from this. The freakin' 14th, the day before I have to decide, and UT takes me off their wait list. Not only that, but I got off the wait list for an IA-ship at Texas State. Definitely proof that good shit can happen at the absolute last second before time is called. "

I second that! I got off the waiting list at Wisconsin last night and accepted their offer today. This opens up a (fiction) spot at U Oregon w/ funding. A few weeks back, I took my name off the waiting list at U Washington, and declined an offer from San Diego (that came with an out-of-state tuition waiver...I imagine someone else will get that?).

So glad I can stop worrying about where to go. Congrats and good-luck, everyone.




jvogtman


Apr 15, 2008, 7:00 PM

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I've decided to go to Bowling Green State University for fiction. I turned down American University (no funding), and took myself off the waitlist at Alabama.

I already know of one other person going to BGSU; is there anyone else out there?

Good luck to everyone!


kakalep


Apr 15, 2008, 7:36 PM

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This is not a final decision but a plea for some advice. I just found out yesterday that after waiting exactly 30 days in the 1st spot on Brown's waitlist, that all five poets offered spots accepted. This was the second round of applications for me, and in between my first year and second year apply a lot of things changed in my life that made me seriously consider that the low-residency option could be best for me. I reapplied to two schools from the previous year, including Brown, with a "who knows--keep your doors open--keep trying" attitude. I was accepted at Bennington but turned them down--they were pressuring me for an answer that I couldn't give before April 15. I was also accepted at Vermont. I like the Vermont poetry faculty better than Bennington, so it could be a great fit for me. I am in a bit of a career shift/mess (9 years out of Harvard undergrad.) so picking up and going to grad. school full time might not be the best idea or it might be exactly what I needed. I was hoping hoping hoping one person would decide to take someone else's lucrative offer--not Brown's. But alas, I was unlucky. It is a HUGE compliment for me to listed first on the waitlist, but the experience diminished any joy I felt about entering a low-res program. Now the question is do I take out tons of loans to afford the low-res program at Vermont, or defer for a year, and apply a third time to schools with full-funding like Brown. I feel very scared about the loans having come quite close to finishing paying off loans for the first grad degree I got. At the same time, Vermont could be an incredible experience. I've yet to hear from anyone who regretted going and spending the money. Any words of wisdom? Anyone else had a waitlist experience ruin their excitement about other programs?


Zash
Zachary Ash

Apr 15, 2008, 7:53 PM

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Anyone else had a waitlist experience ruin their excitement about other programs?

I took myself off the Wisconsin waitlist last month and now I regret it. Instead I quickly accepted an offer from UMass-Amherst, which, I know, is also a strong program. But I would've prefered Wisconsin - its size, its rapidly rising stature, its faculty. I am a fiction person.

The professor I am in contact with at UMass said they wanted a decision by April 1st. This sounded off to me, but I never asked to clarify. My fault. UMass is also offering me a fellowship. So there's no reason for me not to enter the program with enthusiasm and good feelings, right? Then why do I feel twisted up?


quotidian poet


Apr 15, 2008, 8:09 PM

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Due to a 15-minutes-after-the-11th-hour TAship offer at Univ of Washington, I have accepted there and opened a spot at Johns Hopkins (poetry). It's been a tumultuous past two weeks to say the least, but I am super excited to be going to Washington in the fall!


schmeeter


Apr 16, 2008, 9:57 AM

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Kakalep,

Wow, what a dilemma. I work at Harvard in the chemistry dept. You might want to look into something like this because Harvard will pay for much of my program at Antioch (I'm accepted) and at Bennington (if I'm accepted--I'm waitlisted). Plus as an employee at Harvard I've taken some wonderful writing classes through the extension school with Paul Harding, Karen Heath and Greg Harris. They are all outstanding professors and the classes are free.

Why delay going to grad school? How is your writing going in the interim? Are you writing? I understand worrying about money, that's a big issue. But I bet your eligible for all kinds of grants. I wonder if there's something underlying that's holding you back. Don't wait for Brown to come around. That's silly. You deserve to be in a good program now!

Good luck with your decision. I have a friend at the MFA program at Vermont right now. His wife graduated from Bennington. He's very happy. :)


kakalep


Apr 16, 2008, 10:29 AM

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Yes, I hear Harvard has great benefits. I write quite a bit considering I work full time. I take workshops in the summer with Lucie Brock-Broido and work with a mentor/friend of mine in Cambridge who is amazing. I also have a monthly writing group. I submit a lot and am starting to get positive publishing responses from journals. SO the real question is--paying 8000 worth it when really you are paying to be told to work an extra 25 hours a week? I'm not sure this makes sense for me. I don't have the same tuition reimbursement benefit.


schmeeter


Apr 16, 2008, 10:58 AM

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Kakalep,

Good for you for being so productive. I'm sure it must be disappointing about Brown, but being first on a waitlist to a fully funded ivy league program means you're doing something right! Very impressive. :)

1. An MFA will allow you to teach at the university level (though publications will do the same). Teaching is a good financial fall back.

2. A program forces me to get my writing butt in action. Sounds like this isn't an issue for you.

3. A graduate degree should give you a raise in whatever job you have outside from writing.

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