May 1, 2008, 12:17 AM
Post #663 of 793
I just declined a funded opportunity here at my alma mater to study language and literature. In its place I am attending Northern Michigan's MA in (creative) writing. So far, it is an unfunded opportunity, but I am a "viable option" on the backup list. I spoke with the director of the program, who is also my advisor, and found that there are indeed positions opening up and that the committee will be filling those spots in the next few weeks.
Even if I don't get funded, I am happy with the decision. My alma mater, Western Illinois, has grown dull and repressive by its lack of motivation, and after completing 28 straight credit hours of lit, I am ready for a well needed break. The MA in writing is solely writing seminars and workshops, and I am excited to finally be rid of the oppressive Illinois summers and flat, unsightly landscape. Lake Superior, here I come.
Feel free to call me an idiot. I know that the possibility of going further into debt stifles some people (my nervous parents included) but I need a release. Let's see how many more cliches I can fit into this post.
I also found that I likely will not be offered a spot at SIUC off the waitlist because I am 10th, out of 10. There is still a slight possibility, in which case I'll be headed further south and closer to the equator. I may melt, but at least it'll be an MFA program.
This might be my last post for a while. Hopefully for two years, when I'm sick of the U.P of Michigan and ready to apply to MFA programs for a second round. I'll be older, wiser, more mature, and hopefully, a much better writer than I am now.
(insert additional cheesy farewell here).