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arusse

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About arusse

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    alexrusselletc.com

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  • Location
    Nashville, TN
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    Interdisciplinary Studio Art MFA

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  1. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    I haven’t heard anything from Washington state either 🤷🏽‍♀️
  2. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Long - I have many thoughts. This is what worked best for me, and what I need/want out of my practice. May not be what you're looking for/thinking about. I wasn't going to grad school this year if I had to go more than 10-20k in debt. I mean realistically - if you take out 60-70k in student loans, have a 10 year repayment plan, and have an interest rate of 6% you're looking at over $700 as your monthly student debt payment. That's a lot!!!!! The best program, in my opinion, is a program that allows your work to grow to the fullest, including after you graduate. A program that puts you in debt would be counterproductive in that regard. You won't be able to make good work if you're constantly strapped for cash. Especially as creatives, we sometimes need to spend money on supplies and space in order to work. I know that having enormous student loan payments would only hurt my outcomes post-graduation. For the school you're getting more funding from: Do the faculty have connections with people and in cities you want to work with/in? If so, then prestige won't necessarily facilitate more connections for you unless you really want to get on that #uppertierlife. Do the alumni have outcomes that mirror what you want in your practice? If so, then that's great! Do you want to teach after grad school? TA experience I am sure will put you somewhat ahead of MFA's who do not have teaching experience. Just some things to think about, which I also thought about heavily. I am not sure where Penn State falls on the prestige scale, but I am endlessly grateful for the fact I will not have any debt, which will give me more freedom when I graduate to do whatever the heck I want. Personally, I think prestige without funding is unethical and overrated because increased student loan burden contributes to achievement disparity in the arts based on income/background. So I am obviously somewhat biased.
  3. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Rejection from University of Michigan via email!
  4. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Yes! I got accepted to penn state but have been trying to reach them to figure out when the decision deadline is and nobody is answering or returning my emails. Also have heard nothing about financial aid. If I apply to scholarships, will I hear back before the deadline? Gah I am dying, because I definitely cannot go if I don’t get enough financial aid.
  5. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Just got accepted to Penn State via Email!!! I am crying, this is so incredibly validating because I wasn't even going to apply this year because I didn't think my work was ready or good enough. Also this forum rocks you all rock, everybody rocks.
  6. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Omg you guys I haven't checked my analytics for weeks and I just saw that my website got viewed by every single city I have applied to omg. I could cry, it feels so real now. Now I know why you guys were posting about analytics so hardcore earlier. I have the sweats.
  7. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    @justaylor I am also waiting around for U Mich and U of O. So far I have only heard back from SAIC for PostBac and I am pretty sure the other Chicago schools I applied to have already had interviews. So, I am telling myself I am probably not going to get an MFA this year and I am making plans as if I am not getting in anywhere, because I would rather it be a huge surprise than a crushing disappointment. Black and white thinking, I know, but then.... what a great payoff! And it lights a fire under my butt to be optimize my studio schedule and make more work as opposed to worrying about acceptance letters every second of the freakin day (which I still do but to a smaller extent now). ~~~ALSO CONGRATUULAATIONS~~~
  8. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Ok so for the SAIC Postbac interviews - they have both in-person and skype interviews. Is there a benefit to going in-person over Skype in terms of making an impression? Or do you guys think I should save my money and try and do the Skype?
  9. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Has anyone heard anything from University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago, SAIC Printmedia, or U Mich? I haven’t seen any updates on this forum for those guys.
  10. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    I just received a similar letter! I am not straight out of undergrad, but am switching career paths from a science day job to art. Hopefully we get into full MFAs but I wouldn’t be discouraged by it!
  11. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    I would say it's probably a departmental thing. I think people said SAIC Painting got calls, someone in another department (fashion??) got emails. I believe acs0000 applied for new media. My big question is - why not use the pony express or owl? Just imagine a dusty acceptance letter with weather worn edges showing up at your door in the claws of an owl. Great publicity.
  12. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    In the mail?! What is this 1982?! I wouldn't be surprised if some letters are delayed due to the PoLaR VoRtEx. ?️ Also - CONGRATS!!
  13. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    If I had a dollar for every time I opened my gmail over the past few days, I could afford another round of application fees.
  14. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    I did too. Maybe now is the time to bingewatch a show and try to not think about it until we hear back haha. It's excruciating!
  15. arusse

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    I applied to 9 schools! Knowing that admissions chooses cohorts that work together (obviously varying by school), really made me think it would be better to cast a wider net. Luckily just by showing up to some online portfolio reviews and meeting with admissions folks who were travelling city to city, I received admissions waivers. Highly recommend those avenues and signing up for their online information in order to take advantage of those as resources to help cover costs. I have also been checking my analytics but am honestly more confused by some of the international hits I have had - one from Kyrgyzstan? Definitely didn't apply there haha.
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