Kyla Marshell, Sarah Lawrence College

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In deciding upon an MFA program, it was important that I be able to take electives outside of writing, so that exploring my other interests would be possible. After entering my program, however, I realized that there were other factors important to me that I could not have estimated beforehand such as a large program, large faculty, and, particular to Sarah Lawrence, the conference system, in which students meet with their professors every other week to discuss work. Without this latter feature, I wouldn't have the opportunity to get to know my instructors. Access to professors is very difficult in certain MFA programs, since faculty tend to travel, so I'm glad to be able to meet with mine regularly.