I'm originally from Texas, and if I'm forced to be honest, I'll admit to being from Dubya's home town. But when I think of home, it's Austin that I claim, as I spent about a decade there from college on. I'm a poet and a documentary photographer, but am most passionate about teaching. I got an MA in documentary photography and discovered my love of teaching during six grueling but rewarding quarters of TA'ing in Santa Cruz. My ultimate goal is to teach creative writing and photography in underprivileged communities, and I expect there'll probably be some adjuncting thrown in there to sustain myself.
I'm now in the program at Vanderbilt and loving every minute of it. Being here still feels like winning the lottery, especially because I was a waitlister. But the truth is that out of the six of us, half were originally waitlisted, and I think all of us only applied because Vandy waived their online application fee. None of us thought we had a shot in hell.
I went all in last year and applied to 17 programs to ensure I'd get in *somewhere* fully funded and would never have to go through the application process again. This blog was a great resource for both support and mania, and I'm still friends with many of the people I met on here (koru, franny, and others). I'm looking forward to sharing my program experiences and answering any questions that people have. Until next time!
Welcome, Amanda! Look forward to blogging with you!
Nice to meet you! I'll post my intro soon...
Glad to have you on board, Amanda!
Of the 17 programs you applied to, how did you make out? You mentioned you were waitlisted at Vanderbilt, but was there anything beyond that?
The factoid about the small number in the program and several of them being wait-listed (yourself included) is an interesting one...
I woulda treated a wait-list like a rejection -- put me in an orange vest and take away my shoelaces -- but apparently there really IS hope on the LIST.
Lookin' forward to reading your posts -- and that goes for all you new guys ;)
Thanks everyone! I'm excited too.
Jeff & Writer Dude, I was accepted outright to Colorado-Boulder, U Memphis, and U Washington, waitlisted at Vandy, Syracuse, LSU, and VCU, and eventually accepted off the list at Vandy and VCU. I withdrew my name from the lists at Syracuse and LSU before I got final notice. I had zero hope for my Vandy & Syracuse waitlists.
None of my first three acceptances had full funding, so I was holding out as long as possible to make a decision. Vandy poetry faculty started emailing me in mid-March when they sensed that a couple of the poets they'd accepted weren't super-enthused and I came to visit and was fortunate to be accepted while I was here. The other waitlister was let in on either April 14th or 15th, but was also in the loop with faculty emails to him until that time.
Oh! Vanderbilt! That's a great one, I've heard. I can't wait to hear more about it.
I hope you are enjoying your program. Thanks for creating the Ning group, it was lots of fun during the mess of last application season!
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