Mar 2, 2006, 11:02 AM
Post #17 of 158
Re: [brooklynpoet] Hunter College MFA
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I totally hear what BrooklynPoet is saying about the shortlist at Hunter, and it's seriously disconcerting to know that they said straight-out at the open house that they're using the shortlist phonecall to weed out people who don't sound... excited enough.
In fact, I was probably one of those people.
I got a shortlist phonecall (12 ppl to be narrowed down to 5 - fiction) on Fri., Feb. 17, from the director Peter Carey -- it was totally unexpected (doesnt the website say shortlist arrives at the end of March?) -- I was taken off guard and hadnt heard back anything from anywhere else yet, and when he said something along the lines of "We dont want to offer one of our 5 spots to someone only to hear a month later that theyre going somewhere else," I, for some inexplicable reason, said something stupid like, "Well, I have applied to some other schools..." (I have this kneejerk thing about keeping my options open, I guess.) It seems to have been the ethical, but absolutely wrong, thing to say, and I kicked myself right after getting off the phone. [For the record, Prof. Carey sounded perfectly nice and even jokey on the phone. Oh, so sneaky!] Then, gathering myself the next week, I called and arranged a meeting with the program coordinator to discuss Hunter.
Lo and behold, the night before my Hunter meeting, I get a rejection EMAIL from Peter Carey (ouch -- cmon, man, why you gotta hurt me like that?). I called the coordinator the next morning to see if that even means I'm on a waitlist or what (my email said the word "REJECTED" in it... and other less noticeable words too). Then things got weird and she couldnt even find my name on the shortlist, and she's supposed to get back to me about that, but that's another story... and if anyone in the Hunter offices reads this forum, they now know exactly who I am. Oops.
Anyway, just needed to get that off my back. I don't know where Hunter was on my list -- I actually chose not to make a list, because I assumed I would get a lot of rejections and then judge among the meager acceptance pile (if any) at the end of the whole process. And the more I learned about Hunter after being shortlisted, the more I liked it. But now they wont know that, perhaps because I was so flustered on the phone (or, let's be honest, maybe my writing is just worse than the others on the shortlist by far).
So, the moral of the story is, if anyone wants to send Peter Carey some spam, I can hook you up. (Kidding, Hunter office, kidding!)
P.S. Someone mentioned a global April 15 decision day - what's that about? And isn't City College's application deadline May 1, or did I misread that? Thanks.