Carbon writes in, and he get's a D+ for that codename. But we'll address his question anyways...
Here's my question (relevant concerns and details will follow) : I've been accepted to Columbia and Boston University. Which school should I go to?
- Columbia's tuition is 35,000 a year
- I was offered 5,000 for my first year, and possibly a bit more for my second. Theres a chance of getting a teaching or research assistantship (which would only cut tuition in half), but these are very competative.
- Columbia has Lucie Brock-Broido, Richard Howard, Marie Howe, Eamon Grennan.
- Probably a class size of 14 or so.
- BU's tuition is 25,000.
- I was offered a fellowship for 25,000
- BU has Derek Walcott, Rosana Warren, and Louise Gluck.
- **Robert Pinsky is on the faculty there, but he will be on leave next year.
- Probably a class size of 9
-**BU is only a 1 year program. I've heard that it's intensive, but I feel I may come out of it undercooked as it were.
I've lived in Seattle all my life and I'd like to move to the east coast. That's about all I'm sure of. I would love to go to Columbia, but 60,000 is a lot of debt, especially for someone who plans on a career in poetry. I would choose BU in a heartbeat if Pinsky was actually going to be there next year, but alas... I hope you can see why I'm so torn. Any advice?
Well Carbon, it's your life. Do what you think it best. That said, I think you already know what I'm going to say:
Go where the funding is. And I wouldn't let the 1 year thing at BU be an issue. Look, you can always apply to MFA programs next year, with BU on your resume. If you're worried about being undercooked, consider 1 year at BU and 2 years in an MFA program afterwards. I had colleagues who did the same thing, and they really liked that route: It bought them more time to write.
Plus, wouldn't you rather root for the Sox rather than the Yankees? I know I would.
Take my advice with a grain of salt, Carbon. I think you won't go wrong with BU, but you've got to do what you think is best. Rock on.