Newbie in New York writes...
I went Ivy undergrad, and after school knew I wanted to write just didn't know how I could afford it. But then I got a grant to go to a crappy grad school with a bad reputation. I spent a year there in a teaching program, got all 4.0's and above, then felt it was not at all what I wanted to do and left the program.
My question is, how bad will this look and/or can I leave off that part of my life? I know teaching looks good for the assistantships, and I actually do teach adjunct at a local college (a nice little English/Academic Writing class) but will half a program at a non-ranked school look bad, or like I don't have follow-through or will it be fine? My resume is also littered with freelance/temp jobs with writing mixed in there, but the longest position I've held was one year as a medical manual writer at a hospital.
I don't see this as a huge downside, Newbie. But my two thoughts are:
1. If you include the transcript, I'd mention the experience in your personal statement. Be clear about why you discontinued the program, and don't badmouth. Be direct, be clear, and be brief.
2. For some reason, it sounds like you really don't want to include these transcripts. I'm not going to tell you what to do, but I am going to say: It's highly unlikely that one of your newer programs would be any the wiser if you didn't include them.