Future Thinkin' on the F-Train writes...
I dropped out of college when
I was 20, acquired some life experiences and yadda yadda yadda, and by
the time I turned 27 I found myself writing fiction. One story was
recently published in Open City and featured in the New York Times,
while other pieces have found homes in respected literary websites
like McSweeney's and Pindeldyboz. Now I'm 29 and back in college,
slated to graduate in spring of 2007.
My question: if I want to proceed directly to grad school in the fall
of 2007 after graduating college, (which I do!) should I start sending
out applications/rec letters even before I graduate college? Will an
MFA program look at my writing samples without the proper final
transcripts which indicate I've graduated? I'm just now starting to do
research and would like to know exactly what to expect here. I figure
I've lost enough time screwing around and would like to avoid waiting
around another year after college because I didn't plan correctly.
F-Train, programs will accept incomplete transcripts during the consideration process. If you're accepted, it will be contingent (in most cases) on earning your undergraduate degree. So, go for it. And be sure to make a small note of the situation both on your application and in your personal statement. Rock on.