Apr 15, 2008, 7:36 PM
Post #620 of 793
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?