Blustery in Brooklyn writes...
In my weekend of desperation, my weekend in which I must decide between Johns Hopkins and Hunter, I have discovered that you are the MFA web guru. You seem to have a high opinion of Hunter. Or, so I've gathered from your blog. Hopkins I found dry, academic and mired in theory when I visited Thursday. Hunter I found lively, energetic and full of interesting people, students and faculty. Peter Carey really really gives a damn. And he doesn't actually have to work there. However, Hopkins has funding. But it would require a move from me from Brooklyn to Baltimore. I don't know if I want to be displaced, but is what they're offering really too much to give up.
First of all, I'm definitely not the MFA guru. I just know more than most because I've spent some time studying the subject. Call me the bus driver.
I'm completely man-facting here, since I don't know the specifics: No, I don't think that any program is too good to pass up, especially since you seem really excited about Hunter, and you also seem excited about staying in Brooklyn. One caveat: One reason I wanted to go away for my MFA was to actually get away from my life. As much as I love my family and friends, I knew I wouldn't have the writing time if I stayed around them. But that may be my particular situation.
What I'm hearing in your email: I like Brooklyn. I'm excited about Hunter. I want to make sure I'm not passing on a no-brainer at Johns Hopkins.
You're not, in my opinion, though I think highly of Hopkins. Go with your gut.