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Rambler


Apr 10, 2008, 11:03 PM

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BIG TIME CONGRATS!


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Apr 11, 2008, 9:15 AM

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You must be psyched, and you must have ten thousand things coming to your head right now--like finding an apartment, wrapping up your job, figuring out the details that come with uprooting your life, etc. It can be heady and it can be wonderful and it can be a bit overwhelming. Enjoy this time for all that it is for you. :)


gcsumfa


Apr 11, 2008, 4:53 PM

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Thanks for all of the congrats. This thread has been a great resource!

I have my fingers crossed for the rest of you awaiting offers!


chitown


Apr 12, 2008, 9:09 AM

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I was accepted off the waitlist at Binghamton via email. I was very happy for about two hours, looking for apartments in the area, etc. Then I checked my online status and it said "Current Program: Master of Arts." I already have an MA. I spoke with the director who told me that yes, I had been admitted to the MA and not the PhD. She said that Binghamton doesn't even consider people for the PhD unless you have taken 8-10 strictly literature classes during your MA/MFA. That's a lot... I don't know how many MFA programs require that, but my MA didn't. So, just wanted to post that in case anyone was looking at applying to Binghamton. Know that you will need a lot of lit classes.

Also found out that the two creative writers at Tennessee have accepted so I'm out there (I was waitlisted.) I am still waiting to hear from Cincinnati, although I was informed by the secretary that everyone is waitlisted, and while she didn't know my position, "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Apr 12, 2008, 9:49 AM

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What does that mean, "a bird in the hand..." with regards to waitlist?
I'm a little confused!!!

But, chitown, my fingers are crossed for you anyway...


LesK
Les
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Apr 12, 2008, 10:12 AM

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chitown,

Sorry to hear about the string of bad news... that situation at Binghamton is nuts!


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I already have an MA. I spoke with the director who told me that yes, I had been admitted to the MA and not the PhD. She said that Binghamton doesn't even consider people for the PhD unless you have taken 8-10 strictly literature classes during your MA/MFA. That's a lot... I don't know how many MFA programs require that, but my MA didn't. So, just wanted to post that in case anyone was looking at applying to Binghamton. Know that you will need a lot of lit classes.


Didn't they look at your transcripts?

Thanks though for detailing your situation; I'm crossing Binghamton off of my (if need be) next-year list. I suspect the program must be difficult to navigate if they have such peculiar restrictions and admit people for degrees that are wholly inappropriate. (I could understand if you just had an MFA, but...that just baffles the mind).

Still, I hope the near misses offer some sort of solace for next year. You, clearly, deserve a shot. At least, that's how I'm trying to view my situation (if need be)....so next year, with better applications, the programs are going to be banging down your door!

As for UC, I'll start offering some of my agnostic prayers for you, too....

Take care,

Les


(This post was edited by LesK on Apr 12, 2008, 10:14 AM)


gcsumfa


Apr 12, 2008, 1:47 PM

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I am still waiting to hear from Cincinnati, although I was informed by the secretary that everyone is waitlisted, and while she didn't know my position, "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."


She told me the exact same thing...this phrase basically means that it's good to have something (i.e. an offer) rather than to get greedy for more (i.e. a Cincy offer). I guess that's her way of saying that we should just accept another offer if we have one...which I did...and I happily replied to her to take my name off that so-called "waitlist."


chitown


Apr 13, 2008, 7:41 PM

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Thanks all for the kind words. At this point, I'm just having a good laugh about it. What a crazy process... And LesK, I will also be praying agnostically for your UC acceptance :)


LesK
Les
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Apr 15, 2008, 2:22 PM

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So, it's the day traditional reserved for deadlines on decisions from accepted candidates. Did this result in any interesting news?

I'm still waiting to hear from that most mysterious of programs and plotting my strategy for next year after having deferred on my one acceptance.


spamela


Apr 15, 2008, 2:44 PM

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Said yes to Utah. Feels great to have the decision etched in stone at last.


LesK
Les
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Apr 15, 2008, 2:46 PM

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Congratulations, spamela!


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Apr 15, 2008, 3:14 PM

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Congratulations! How relieved you must be, how wonderful a place Utah's program seems to be.
I wish you 4-5 years of learning, growth, fun, and wonderful, wonderful opportunity. :)

To anyone who's made that decision about a program and who may be even half as freakish, neurotic, and weird as I am--have you started thinking about moving to your new place? Is anyone nervous at all about all of the damned details involved in moving, or is it just me?

I know there are a few months before I leave for the midwest (August 1 is my move date), so I shouldn't worry so much just yet, but I'm in high-anxiety mode. I've begun shopping for a car, and with a limited budget and a lot of concerns (good gas mileage, easy maintenance, low-cost of repair should the need arise, etc.), and between the (mostly) shitty cars I have seen and the car salesmen--AND the private sellers--with absolutely attrocious manners, I'm in this strange, hopeless sort of place. The moment that any other details about moving come into my head, it's just a snowball into a panic attack. Not good! But I guess the initial excitement of PhD acceptance had to wear off sometime and the reality of moving my life from Boston to Missouri had to start sinking in sometime, somehow...

Am I alone in this well of worry?


shoe1234


Apr 15, 2008, 3:42 PM

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Strange things happen. A month ago I got a rejection letter from USC, and then today I got a call that I'm in, with full funding. Perhaps I owe Spamela something for this. I know she got accepted to USC and then decided on Utah. So thanks! The lesson in all of this: you never know when it's over. Doors open we think are shut tightly. Don't give up hope, either. I've had many rejections over the years, humiliating rejections, yet they've all brought me to this point, to a school I want to attend. The game's not over. Chin up!!!


spamela


Apr 15, 2008, 3:49 PM

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I'm not exactly worried, but I'm getting geared up, for sure--looking for condos and rentals, contacting real estate brokers in SLC, planning a trip out there in May to look for a place to live. I just moved from NYC to Iowa last year. Since moving across the country is something that I've done recently, it's not as intimidating to contemplate this time around.

Steph, cars in MO and surrounding states (IL, IA, KS) will probably be much cheaper than they are in Boston. If you can wait, I would suggest buying one when you get to school. That's what I did last year when I moved to Iowa. Found a nice little Accord for $1000 which would have never happened in the northeast. Missouri will be hot in the summer, but you can probably get around with a bike long enough to find a good deal on a car.If you don't have a bike yet either, get one in the Midwest. Pawnshops and garage sales are full of them for cheap.

Not that I'm some guru on moving! I just happen to know what it's like to make the move from the expensive East to an affordable college town. It's so easy to acquire necessities here because people just have more room and tend to accumulate things they don't need and then are willing to give away to you. At work alone in the last four months I've gotten a vacuum, a microwave and an air conditioning unit all for free--all luxuries I never had in New York.


spamela


Apr 15, 2008, 3:51 PM

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That is wonderful news! It is a fantastic program. USC is a gorgeous campus and the faculty are all wonderful. Deciding not to go was the hardest decision, and in the end it came down to ineffable, gut-instinct things that have nothing to do with the programs, really, and everything to do with my own inner workings. In other words, I predict you are really going to love it at USC.


shoe1234


Apr 15, 2008, 5:33 PM

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Spamela,

I, too, have the same feeling about USC. Plus, I get to work with T.C. Boyle.

To all interested: A spot at Nebraska and University of North Texas will soon open. Hope that helps.


gcsumfa


Apr 15, 2008, 6:27 PM

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Strange things happen. A month ago I got a rejection letter from USC, and then today I got a call that I'm in, with full funding. Perhaps I owe Spamela something for this. I know she got accepted to USC and then decided on Utah. So thanks! The lesson in all of this: you never know when it's over. Doors open we think are shut tightly. Don't give up hope, either. I've had many rejections over the years, humiliating rejections, yet they've all brought me to this point, to a school I want to attend. The game's not over. Chin up!!!


Wow, that's awesome, Shoe. Congrats!!!


pedro


Apr 16, 2008, 9:44 PM

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Whoa, great news--congratulations, shoe and spamela!


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Apr 18, 2008, 11:18 AM

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...I just got e-mail from the director of grad studies informing me that I have been "upgraded" from teaching assistanceship (2 classes per term) to creative writing fellowship (1 class per term, 1 person per genre get this puppy...).

Either someone who did not accept MU's offer got the fellowship and then I was next in line, or something else happened. Either way, I call this reason to celebrate!!!

Josray--why the hell aren't you in Boston? We could go get Missouri-bound drinks to celebrate our Missouri-boundness and our excitement about going to that program.

Everyone else--why the hell aren't y'all in Boston so we can celebrate ALL of the outcomes--both the "yay"s and the "nay"s?

This is the sort of news that just giddifies my day.
Hooray!!!


pedro


Apr 18, 2008, 12:58 PM

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Sweet! Congratulations, Steph. That'll ease the workload burden a ton (obviously)--general celebrations should happen, like, all the time when we're all settled in Columbia--


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Apr 18, 2008, 1:04 PM

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General celebrations all the time--sounds like a nice code phrase for "let's be drunkards."
And by which I mean to say, oh I am so there.
The Blue Fugue will never be the same (though from what I hear it already is sort of an english dept. hangout...).
Seriously--I think between cupcakes, the bars in Columbia, and that big, glorious farmer's market, we are all going to have reason to celebrate, and places to do it, all the time.
Booyah! Missouri ahoy!


cantonioni


Apr 21, 2008, 4:04 PM

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Just got a call from Nebraska - someone must have turned down a 5-year teaching assistantship (if it was you, dear reader, thank you), and the offer somehow found its way down the list to me.
I didn't find out how many multi-year TAships they offer - I was kind of surprised, so I forgot to ask. But in case anyone was wondering, the $14,000 mentioned on the website is for the 9-month school year.
Also, if anyone is going to Nebraska and hasn't figured something out yet, funding-wise, there are several assistantships through the office of Student Involvement that are open right now that look pretty sweet. I applied for three of them last week, and I'm about to email and ask them to take my name out of the running.


Mlena


Apr 21, 2008, 5:21 PM

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Congrats! That's great news, Cantonioni. Hopefully they have a few more assistantships to offer.


cantonioni


Apr 21, 2008, 6:12 PM

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Thank you! Yeah, I'm hoping so, too. The letter of admission said that they'd still be making TA decisions through April, so I think chances are pretty decent that there are still a few floating around out there?


fortune5


Apr 22, 2008, 6:20 PM

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That's awesome --I was offered one as well (5 year, $14,500) and haven't decided what I'm going to do yet--I'd already deferred and was getting ready for next year. Out of curiosity, what's your genre Cantonioni? Mine's poetry. Congrats again.

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