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Zash
Zachary Ash

Apr 4, 2008, 5:13 PM

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Re: [snktsnktsnkt] Have you heard about TAships yet? [In reply to] Can't Post

Here's a hypothetical: What if you had to choose between UMass-Amherst and Wisconsin? And let's say you write fiction. Which program is stronger?


esined


Apr 4, 2008, 6:21 PM

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Final [In reply to] Can't Post

So I've said this elsewhere, but I'm going to Warren Wilson in July.
I can't believe I'm actually doing this. It's just starting to seem real.

Final tally:

WW - yes
Vermont - yes
Antioch - yes
Lesley - yes
Florida International University - yes
University of Miami - no
University of Florida - no word! but assumed no.


Raignn



Apr 4, 2008, 6:47 PM

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I have also made a final decision (*gasp*). I think I'm just more relieved at this point. I have offically accepted my poetry offer at Illinois. I turned down a funded position at Western Michigan, a #2 spot on the waitlist at Ohio State, and a waitlist spot at IU.

I do certainly hope this helps out someone else out there, because that was me less than 3 days ago!!


thegalester


Apr 4, 2008, 6:56 PM

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Re: [Zash] Have you heard about TAships yet? [In reply to] Can't Post

Zash -- who has given you the most money?

Also another question: have anyone heard of a grad student living on campus (in the grad student housing) at Amherst?


sicofelephants


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Apr 4, 2008, 8:46 PM

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Re: [waffles] NYU or Iowa for poetry? [In reply to] Can't Post

CHARLES SIMIC YES PLEASE.



nicolec24


Apr 4, 2008, 11:36 PM

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Re: [franz] Has Anybody Made a Final Decision? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm accepting an offer from U of A (fiction) - TAship + scholarship. Anyone else headed to Tucson this fall?

(This post was edited by nicolec24 on Apr 4, 2008, 11:38 PM)


rfleisch


Apr 5, 2008, 1:35 AM

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Today I accepted Ohio State's offer, for fiction. With full funding, a great faculty, and a welcoming environment (which included an open house), it was hard to turn down.

My final tally:

Accepted at University of Arizona; University of Cincinnati; University of Montana; and Florida State University.

Wait-listed at University of Washington.

Rejected from University of Minnesota.

So that should open up spots at five universities. Good luck to everyone still waiting to make a final decision, and good luck to those who already have!


danielaolsz


Apr 5, 2008, 11:24 AM

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I just accepted Alabama's offer. *For poetry*

I'm opening up spots at:
Notre Dame (tuition remission but no other funding)
Pittsburgh (no funding)

Also, a spot on the U of Illinois (Champaign) waitlist should open up.

Good luck everyone!


rdowney


Apr 5, 2008, 1:07 PM

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Congratulations Daniela!

Alabama looks like a great program.


DJP


Apr 5, 2008, 2:53 PM

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Sharon Olds! Are you kidding me? No brainer.

Anyway, I've heard Iowa is an extremely competitive environment...the funding is reevaluated each year so there's a lot of competing going on amongst students. Sounds like an episode of Survivor to me. If the funding is right at NYU (and I would absolutely make funding a top priority in the selection process) I, personally, would go to NYU.


MissEsquire



Apr 5, 2008, 4:26 PM

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the alternative decision [In reply to] Can't Post

Final decision = don't want to be shackled by debt just for an M.F.A. I'm going to see the world! Then I'm going to do this all over again.

Best of luck to everyone entering a program this fall. Sounds like a lot of you got off waitlists into where you wanted to go.


Raignn



Apr 5, 2008, 5:05 PM

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Good for you! Enjoy your time, fill up your journals and you'll have many, many things to write about for years to come.

Best of luck to you as well.


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Final decision = don't want to be shackled by debt just for an M.F.A. I'm going to see the world! Then I'm going to do this all over again.

Best of luck to everyone entering a program this fall. Sounds like a lot of you got off waitlists into where you wanted to go.



Zash
Zachary Ash

Apr 5, 2008, 5:10 PM

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I'm going to UMass-Amherst. And so my name's going off the waitlists at UC Davis and Wisconsin.


Chris Ketcham


Apr 5, 2008, 6:35 PM

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Yes, I've accepted the offer from Northwestern's MFA program in writing for the screen and stage.


vorgefuhl


Apr 6, 2008, 2:59 PM

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I just made my final decision to attend Notre Dame, for fiction, starting in fall 2008.

(deciding on my birthday, no less. :))

that will open up spots at UIUC, purdue, and the new school.


so excited!!


fiorava
Valerie Fioravanti

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Apr 6, 2008, 3:30 PM

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Re: [nicolec24] Has Anybody Made a Final Decision? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm not in the program, but I live in Tucson. Always happy to meet another writer, so email me if you want some Tucson-based info.


janeeyre



Apr 6, 2008, 4:53 PM

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I've been watching the blog at Tom Kealey's site, but am new to this one.

Haven't made a decision yet - am struggling between Wash U (St Louis) and Wisconsin (Madison). Both are offering tuition waiver, health benefits, and stipends, though the Wash U offer is significantly higher. I would teach one class per semester at Madison, and not teach at all at Wash U. Both are 2 year programs. Wash U has about 15 fiction students total, while Wisconsin has 6. Faculty at Wash U: Marshall Klimasewiski, Kathryn Davis, Kellie Wells. Wisconsin: Lorrie Moore, Judy Mitchell, Jesse Lee Kercheval.

What would you do, people out there?? Anyone have any advice?

Declined admission this weekend at Texas State, UNC Wilmington, U Washington, Montana, and George Mason.


Zash
Zachary Ash

Apr 6, 2008, 5:03 PM

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Wisconsin. Their graduates have, I think, an impressive publishing record. Every year it seems there's a Wisconsin student in Best New American Voices. Also, Madison is a great college town.


HopperFu


Apr 6, 2008, 5:10 PM

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If you want to teach you need to have teaching experience = Wisconsin.
Marshall Klimasewiski and Kellie Wells are both very, very nice and Marshall is an excellent writer (I'm not as familiar with Kellie's writing, but what I've read tends to be more experimental. Kathryn Davis is very well regarded but I've never actually met her).
I'm not familiar with the faculty at Wisconsin other than Lorrie Moore, who many people would love to study with.

As far as towns go, Madison is the hands-down winner over Wash U.
Both are strong programs though, and I don't think you can actually choose poorly.


paperplanes


Apr 6, 2008, 5:22 PM

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I agree: definitely Wisconsin.

It wins out statistically, too.

Its overall ranking is 10, while WashU's is 19.

For fiction, it ranks 9 versus WashU's 31.

Wisconsin was also listed as one of Atlantic Monthly's five up-and-coming programs.


audhep1929


Apr 6, 2008, 5:23 PM

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Wash U. Kathryn Davis is brilliant. As is Marshall Klimasewiski. The funding is among the best in the country. Walking away from an MFA without debt should be one of your primary considerations. Regarding teaching opportunities, I'm told they offer their students an optional third year to teach with funding. I have a friend there, and I'm bowled over by the enthusiasm he has for the program. Also, St. Louis has its own established literary and arts community outside of the university, while Madison subsists within the larger big-ten university atmosphere.

In short, Wisconsin is a great program, but Wash U has elite funding, impressive faculty, and a very livable city.


janeeyre



Apr 6, 2008, 6:01 PM

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Thanks for the thoughts. It's a tough choice. To further complicate matters, I'm bringing my husband with me. He's super flexible and open to both cities, but prefers Madison. Madison was my dream school when I was applying, and I decided that if I got in there, I'd definitely go. However, I had a wonderful visit to Wash U and was offered a competitive fellowship for women which increases the already high stipend. I'm not going into debt either way, but it's a difference of about $7,000-$10,000 per year.

If I was moving on my own, I'd have no trouble deciding to take the higher $$ offer. Since I'm moving with a partner who'll be working while I'm in school, I'm less concerned about the $$ and want to live somewhere he'll enjoy working.

Wash U does have an optional third year of teaching, which I'd love to do, though Wisconsin has the Wisconsin institute, which funds six emerging writers each year. One of those spots is held for a graduate of the MFA program, so I'd have a shot at that.

Is anyone else having a similar dilemma in choosing between programs?


HopperFu


Apr 6, 2008, 6:16 PM

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If Wash U guarantees the third year, go there. Two years pass very, very quickly. Having that extra time to write takes some pressure off your MFA experience and allows you to concentrate on actually improving your writing.


paperplanes


Apr 6, 2008, 6:18 PM

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Re: [janeeyre] Has Anybody Made a Final Decision? [In reply to] Can't Post

I understand your dilemma. Choosing between good programs is tough.

But all I can think is this: In 20 years, you will probably have forgotten that extra money you had during grad school. You will not, however, have forgotten getting in and going (or not going) to your top choice dream school.

Money is an important practical factor. But it should be considered a baseline: something you have to have, but not necessarily what makes the final decision. It's pragmatic. And at each school you have this pragmatic concern satisfied.

The more important factors that remain beyond the baseline are, of course, what you should be making your decision on.

Remember also, you are in a great position here--no matter how difficutl it is.

Good luck with everything. I know you'll do well.


thegalester


Apr 6, 2008, 6:35 PM

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Chose to go to U Mass Amherst for poetry. Still pretty nervous about it, actually. Opening up some space for VCU, so good luck.

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