Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Confessions of a Teaching Assistant
Kelly Ferguson has written a terrific article about the life of the MFA Teaching Assistant. Please do check it out. -- TK
Like most hopeful writers applying to MFA programs across the country each year, I considered funding a priority. A series of "careers," ranging from enoki mushroom farmer to rock drummer, had given me plenty to write about, but no time to put words on paper and no room for debt. While I ultimately wanted two years during which to write—the top priority for any MFA student—I wanted to do so without piling up student loans. So, rather than fire off a loan application to Sallie Mae, I applied for a teaching assistantship at my graduate school of choice.