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    2020 Fall
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    MFA Creative Writing

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  1. Exactly. Of course I'm concerned about my hopes and dreams and all that BS, but what really gets my heart palpitating is wondering if/where I'll be moving in 6 months...
  2. Yeah, I'm still checking. Based on past years, there /is/ an off chance I'll hear next week or the week after from one of my programs. That's my (weak) justification, I guess.
  3. They know that you're not likely to hear back until February or March, right? Seems awfully callous of em, honestly. I am getting excited/nervous as the acceptances start trickling in on the Results page. Logically I know that, based on past years, none of the schools I applied to are likely to notify until mid/late February; I'm trying to keep my expectations reasonable, but it's so difficult!
  4. The advice I've seen from adcoms members is to "have something to say." I think there are many ways to do this, and addressing "serious topics" (by which I assume you mean social and political issues) is just one method of doing so. Talking about family relations and your personal experience, for example, are valid ways of "saying something" -- and there are plenty of current MFA students doing just that.
  5. To be frank, I would try to untangle your admissions chances from your self-worth. You applied to very competitive programs; they get way more wonderful applicants than they have space for, so the decisions are incredibly subjective, sometimes even luck-based. You're basically asking a handful of people from each program if they personally can offer you mentorship, and on that level creative chemistry is more important than talent. It's possible that you won't get in this year, but if that's the case, it says more about the markets you were selling to than your work itself. Not to mention I've read books from MFA grads that are still crap, so... take that as you will.
  6. Honestly, I assume we think about it way more than adcoms do. Really, you should feel bad for us cos there are way more of us jockeying for the same number of spots.
  7. That's funny, because I saw one article suggesting /not/ to use firs person. My guess is that it depends on the program/professor. I included two pieces in my portfolio, one in first person and one in third. I think it's good to show some range.
  8. Me, checking the application portal one (1) day after the deadline: this is a great use of my time!
  9. Based on your username, it's very possible haha! I agree that the city is the main draw -- that's why I considered applying. I ended up deciding not to because I reached out to a current student, and she didn't seem that excited about it. She said it was more competitive than collaborative, which is a big turn-off for me. That said, it's a well-respected, well-funded program; I probably would have applied anyway if it weren't for the fact that it's pretty literary, so I have a 0% chance of acceptance. Can I ask: why did you apply if you're not excited about it?
  10. I lived there for about 2 years, and I liked it. I still have close friends there, so I might even move back. I think Richmond is a hidden gem when it comes to queer life (at least in terms of its national reputation). Although it's small, it's funky and has loads of character. It's got a great art museum and a decent nightlife scene (again, for its size). The general quality of life suffers for VA's $7.25 minimum wage, though.
  11. Yes, that was my point (although I didn't make it very clear). I can't speak to your second point, since the smallest city I've lived in is Richmond, VA, which is also like 40% queer. But that alone just goes to show you that region isn't as tied to safety as most people say.
  12. As a (white) visibly queer person who's lived in Austin and a large East Coast city, I think class and lifestyle are more important than location. In my limited experience, safety often comes down to two things: your job, and car ownership. Working in an office (instead of service, manual labor, etc.) and not taking public transport allows you to avoid some of the most common difficult/dangerous scenarios. Taking the subway has exposed me to a lot of BS, despite my city's supposedly progressive status. Which is to say, I think anyone can live safely in the South, but only if you have a bit of money.
  13. I agree, and it seems that many programs have nixed their GRE requirement this year alone (I noticed a few that had gotten rid of it this app cycle). Aside from being irrelevant, the test is expensive. In my mind, it delivers the message that "if you can't afford to take this $160 test, potentially more than once, then we don't want you."
  14. This is the other way I manage my application anxiety (mostly when I'm at work)
  15. When you scroll up to the top of the page, you'll see a tab that says "Results" (between "Activity" and "Leaderboards.") The main group is MFA Draft, but it's notorious for increasing anxiety (and sometimes competitiveness), so I've steered clear of it. It's a great place to gather information about specific programs, though, if you're willing to put up with it.
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