I just want to share some advice from Geoffrey Wolff in the MFA Handbook. He's speaking to new MFA students, about to enter their first year. What should you do this summer? Here's Wolff's take:
Students are naturally shocked at the amount of work they enlisted for. They take a course about teaching, they teach, they prepare work for workshop, they study and comment on their colleagues’ work. Then they endure what Camus termed the fleas of life: where to live, how to furnish it, where a car can be repaired, who’s a good dentist, where do you go to have a good time? It can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s crucial stay awake during the summer before the program starts. Write up a storm that summer. Arrive with new work. That’s the most profitable advice I can offer: Hit the ground running, and you’ll be happy.