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  1. In the second year of a fully-funded MA right now, and am feeling increasingly burnt out. I've done well in my current program and would be competitive for PhD programs if I ended up applying, but the experience has become so stressful and joyless that I'm starting to consider other options. I was going to apply for PhD programs this fall, but my plan is now to take a year off and reevaluate. I just have no energy left, and the fact that I have no energy left makes me question whether or not this is right for me. Does anyone have experience bouncing back from this type of thing? I used to love
  2. Think of the ROI: give $1.5k, get $60k back. It's pretty much that simple, imo This is a pretty common (and despicable) tactic in the US, where big-name schools will often give MA applicants a token discount in order to bait them into paying 10s of thousands of dollars in tuition. It's cynical and manipulative, but many of these institutions are essentially large corporations, and often behave accordingly I think that people here have given good advice. I too considered this program when I was applying and was sad when I turned down the offer of admission -- and, yes, the token schol
  3. Might as well go for it! Only way to find out. My sense is that a 3.2 could be disqualifying at some -- many? -- top programs, but I'm also just a jerk on the internet. I know there are others here with more knowledge on the subject If you're up for it, I think it might make sense to apply to funded terminal MAs in addition to PhDs. Funding for discrete MAs is hard to come by, but it does exist, and a high GPA in an MA program would probably mitigate some/most of the effects of a low undergrad GPA. If you're in the northeast, I would suggest UConn, which has good funding for all (lo
  4. Arguably the most popular subject on this message board, lol my suggestion is to figure out what the monthly payment is going to be on your loans, once the loans are due. calculate this number, take a look long, hard look at it, and ask yourself: is it worth it? how long will I have to make these monthly payments? 10 yrs? 30? will I ever pay them off? it's the sort of program that could burden you with debt for (literally) the rest of your life if you're not careful, so, be careful I guess. Personally I don't recommend it. there are all sorts of problems with the program in addition
  5. never said that they lie about it, and never said that they fail to produce or attract good writers
  6. sure, that's true. but my point is just that the decision to attend this particular program is inextricably a financial one, and almost always a bad financial decision at that (unless you're super rich) That doesn't mean it's a bad decision per se. sometimes people go into debt for this degree and get exactly what they want out of it. but, again, it's important just to be honest about the financial costs. If you accept those, then fine. But I think people frequently go into it without a full understanding of what they're getting into. It's usually a horrible financial decision
  7. And even then, it better be a hefty trust fund lol Unless you have access to what many of us would consider to be unlimited wealth, I think that Columbia is basically always an irrational financial choice, though it is one that, yes, occasionally pays off in the form of literary (i.e., not financial) success. If you're lucky enough to have, like, $100k in unearned change lying around (which wouldn't even cover 2 years of tuition, I believe) i honestly suggest you just go buy a house instead The Columbia MFA is just always such a bad investment, even in the rare instances in which it
  8. I know Iowa is fully cool with second MFAs, but not sure beyond that. I would join the Draft and PhD Draft groups on Facebook if you haven't already. They'll have more info
  9. This is so true lmao Some of the criticism of Columbia seems like it's genuinely in good faith, but a lot of it seems to be about boosting the self esteem of a small group of recent grads (of funded programs) more than anything else In general, I think it's nice when grads share their knowledge in that group. But sometimes it's clear that the advice they're giving is more about making themselves feel good, and less about, like, sharing useful knowledge or bringing anyone into the loop on a particular issue or anything like that, which is part of why I left in the end. That and I need
  10. Gustav always likes to hate on the Johns Hopkins MA in particular for some reason and, yeah, fine. Whatever. It's expensive and less selective, but it does work for some people. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, for example. Just a reminder to please ignore this person lol
  11. I will say though that, for me, I know I'd be more productive -- and certainly also healthier -- working a full-time job and writing on the side than I would be at a program where I was financially insecure
  12. yeah, I mean again, the teaching load is relatively light, as we both point out, and maybe you're okay with this sort of setup. to each their own
  13. Important to look at specifics though, bc I know Bowling Green in particular has a low stipend (of about $11k) with about $1k-3k in fees, depending on whether or not you plan to purchase insurance, which is required. So, in a situation like that, it's like: is it really worth it? and would we really call it "fully funded?" Maybe your answer to both questions is yes, but $8k-9k is really a small salary for 9 months of work anyway, sorry. only chiming in because Bowling Green is one I wrote off specifically for that reason. Relatively low teaching load though, which is nice
  14. haha no but it's actually more useful this time, because people are starting to get calls, and will have to make decisions soon. so, not a bad thing.
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