Katie Bellas, Brooklyn College

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I visited one of Brooklyn College's workshops when deciding among programs and remember being awed by the quality of the student writing and the level of attention everyone paid one another's stories. The place seemed filled with talented and passionate writers. I quickly realized it was filled with great people, too. My experience as a student has far surpassed my expectations of this or any program. My writing's sharpened on a technical level, but also on a personal one, as each student is given the freedom to explore his or her own style. And while we're continually challenged to produce as much as we can and to produce the best work we can, it's always with a sense of community in mind. We genuinely want to see one another do well. I couldn't be happier.