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  1. I hope you don't mind my bullet-pointing because it helps me organize my thoughts a bit better. Make sure you're researching the fully-funded programs as deeply as you can. A lot of the info that comes up first in Google searches is old. There are some up-and-coming programs that have either recently become fully-funded or are in the works to (although if they're not fully-funded yet, they won't be for your incoming year, so might be best to look elsewhere or hold off). There are also ways to get funded through something other than an acceptance. In my case, the program to which I was a
  2. Thank you! I certainly will do some investigating on those. I think rather than applying this fall, I'll apply next. That gives me more time to study for the subject test and it might allow me to audit some classes at my alma mater so that I have a better vocabulary to draw from. Thank you so much!
  3. Doesn't sound nuts at all to me. Writers come from a multitude of backgrounds, and I think those backgrounds influence our writing in interesting ways whether we're conscious of it or not. I'll say that--from what I can remember--the MFA programs I applied to didn't care one whit whether I'd already been published or not. They wanted to know my educational background, they wanted to see a portfolio and they wanted to know a little bit about why I was applying. My applications were rushed because I'd actually planned on applying to a PhD program in religion that applications season. Much
  4. Hi, everyone: I've recently begun researching PhD programs in psychology and I wanted to ask your advice given my educational background might be somewhat atypical for applicants. I graduated from college with a bachelor of arts in English, writing and philosophy/religion and went immediately to a divinity school afterward. I'm gay and I was living in the Bible belt at the time, so I thought I might study the Bible in order to be a better resource for other LGBTQ+ people and a stronger advocate. My trajectory shifted, however, when I discovered I loved ministering and caring for LGBTQ+ pe
  5. Hi, everyone: Just wondering if there are any good resources online or elsewhere for someone to figure out what they're even qualified to do. I ask because I've reached burnout with adjuncting. I've got two terminal degrees with honors from good universities (not that that matters outside of academia) and 8 years experience in higher ed with a couple of years in government (doing human rights advocacy) and church. Because I haven't published a book yet and I don't have a PhD, I haven't had much luck finding a secure teaching job with a sustainable wage, and because I'm not ordained (yet--
  6. I was considering chaplaincy for a couple of reasons. I am really drawn to the up close and personal aspect of ministry. I originally went to div school as an MTS student with the intention of pursuing a PhD after, but the ministry classes (i.e. pastoral care and homiletics) took my heart. I thought this might help me test the waters to see if chaplaincy would be a good fit for me. I've worked in the Episcopal Church and have been prayerful lately about whether I'm feeling called to ordained ministry, and I thought this might be a good experience along the way. I know that neither of
  7. Yes, I'd say your personal statement is a good opportunity to give them your voice as a writer and the "why" of your writing as well. Prior to my MFA I was in a super intense grad program in a completely different field, and I'm still trying to purge my writing of Latinate academic language. That'd be the thing I would most want to revise about my statement. In it, though, I mentioned a queer writer whose debut novel reached me in a period of total isolation. A lot of my faculty stress the social importance of writing, so I think my values connected with theirs on this score. They want to know
  8. That's heartening! Thank you so much for your reply. i would love a parish-based or university-based chaplaincy, but I also have a heart for the aged, and one of my best friends (one of the chaplain buddies I mentioned) has been working in that capacity since we were in div school way back when. I'm a bit nervous about this--I'm a somewhat shy introvert, despite being deeply drawn to people and caring about them--but I figure if I can walk into a college classroom every day and teach for hours, I should be able to get over that initial trepidation for something I'm even more excited
  9. Hi, everyone: I had some questions (mostly pragmatics) regarding CPE for any of you who've gone through it. I finished my M.Div. in 2011. I moved back home--a couple states away--and fell into a vocational black hole. I moved halfway across the country after a couple of years when offered a job, and I've been teaching English up here since. I think I've been running from "the call" for a while now, and I'm feeling curious about chaplaincy. But I'm having a hard time navigating the ACPE site and understanding the requirements. Some chaplain friends of mine said that some programs req
  10. Any word on UC - Riverside, Old Dominion, Washington University in St.Louis, McNeese, Johns Hopkins, West Virginia, and University of Florida? I'm in this horrible place of being accepted to two with funding up in the air and wait-listed for another program that's fully funded. I'm really hoping my work is good enough for just one school to say, "You were among our crop of first choices for acceptance AND fund you!" I have Vanderbilt debt and cannot sign much more of my soul over to Sallie Mae. I've read Doctor Faustus. I know how this works.
  11. Dear prospective programs: Pick me. Choose me. Love me.

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      likemythesis

      Grey's is my saving grace in these difficult times

  12. I'm sorry it's taken me two months to give you my thanks, Tony, but I very much appreciate your reply! I will say that I applied to Georgia College knowing about the Flannery O'Connor connection and was accepted there. Let's hope that the blend of gender, sexuality and religion makes me an interesting candidate to my other prospective programs.
  13. As far as Iowa, not a single soul I've spoken with on here or the MFA Draft (Facebook) has heard back from them, so cling firmly to that hope! There's still some left. EDIT: Actually, three people on the MFA Draft page have confirmed acceptances from Iowa. Maybe more if I've missed them. Uh-oh.
  14. Does anyone know what the typical process is for providing admissions information to applicants? Someone near the beginning of this thread posted a long list of schools that are already notifying students of acceptances, rejections and/or wait-lists. I applied to several of those schools and I haven't heard a word either way, so I'm curious as to how faculties and admissions committees go about this. I have yet to hear back from nine programs.
  15. I just heard back that I've been waitlisted at Arizona. Accepted to two (interviewing for assistantships) and rejected from two. Nine left to hear from. Assuming rejection from the Writers' Workshop as well. Tucson is a lovely place but with all the hubbub in the news I'm not sure I could tolerate the political climate. But the program is impeccable.
  16. I agree with the others that there is no real way to boost your chances. However, I always think visiting is a good thing (if only to make sure you actually want to be there) and affirms the interest you have in the program. I'm terribly sorry that this happened to you. It's unprofessional to botch the delivery of this kind of information to an applicant when you invested time and money in applying. Not to mention that you could have rejected other acceptances for this school only to learn that you were on the wait list. My heart goes out to you and my hope is that whatever is the best for you
  17. Hi everyone, I've sent out fourteen applications for MFA programs (fiction) this cycle and have since heard back from four: two acceptances, two rejections. The schools accepting me want to interview me over the phone for teaching assistantships. These are imperative for my enrollment. I attended a master's program at Vanderbilt and worry about taking on more debt, so being funded well is the number one priority in determining a school. They want to talk to me about my thoughts on teaching and relevant experience I have. While I've never taught a semester course, I do have experience
  18. Yeah, no. I don't think I meant that. My samples have been edited on multiple occasions by myself and have also been included in workshops in my graduate program. But thanks for the sneak preview of the kind of prickly comments I can expect in MFAs, lol.
  19. Hi everyone, I'm getting ready to submit applications for MFA programs and I'm getting a little worried about my manuscripts. Stylistically, I'm very influenced by Jose Saramago, Virginia Woolf and others who construct longer, more complex sentences. I'm fairly confident in my word choices and the mature themes in my work, but I know experimental styles can often be controversial in writing communities. Do you think this could make or break my application? Should I submit other work even if it's not as true to my style?
  20. I think I could accomplish my goals with a degree from American, GWU or NYU. I'm a GWU legacy. I'm not sure how much of a role that plays these days when it comes to admissiosn (and there's certainly no way of mentioning it nonchalantly that wouldn't make me feel like a--well, not very nice word). Would that really hinder my job opportunities do you think or are those schools still well-respected?
  21. Gah, I was worried about that pesky quantitative score. I'm worried I won't have appropriate time to take the GRE again/study super hard and raise my quantitative score by the time applications are due. But I'm glad to know how they weigh the GRE score... I know some programs just kind of shrug it off, so good to know my money went to something important. Maybe it'll be in the cards for me next year, though I feel super hurried because I'm only getting older and we're not guaranteed a set amount of time on this earth. But if I need to be taking math classes to get in perhaps I'm better off app
  22. Hi everyone, I had two questions. I'm a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt who, after a few years working in the church, has realized that he does not feel a call to ordained ministry but instead a call to work internationally. I'm interested in security, human development and international business (some dual international affairs and MBA programs are especially appealing) and am trying to choose one. I wanted first to ask if there are jobs in these fields and if anyone could direct me to a site that might list some available ones. I'm hesitant to accumulate more debt until I know the job
  23. I'd prefer twentieth century British literature. I think Christopher Isherwood, Jeanette Winterson, Angela Carter, Sarah Waters, and writers in that vein would be a delight to study. Or even ones as early as Virginia Woolf. Lots of great stuff regarding the intersection of social convention and sexuality there.
  24. Fiz, your story sounds so much like mine it's unbelievable. I got a 159V and 148Q. I got a 5.5 on analytical writing and am not sure what the expectations for that are, since I rarely hear anyone dole out the minimum score on that. Iowa was at the top of my list. I'm considering retaking the test, but the problem is test anxiety. I've had terrible, stress-related insomnia for the last 3 years. I didn't sleep for three nights before the GRE because of it. Like a genius, on the night before the GRE, I took some Nyquil hoping it'd bring sleep about more easily. It made me seriously groggy but did
  25. What's the word on funding and tuition in the UK? I've always wanted to live other there, but from what I've heard tuition is relatively high if you're not in the EU, funding is hard to come by if you're not in the EU and if you come to the U.S. after completing your program, people will look down their nose at your degree unless it's from Oxford or Cambridge (generally because the programs are shorter).
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