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So You’re Waiting to Hear Back from MFA Programs: Post Application Advice With Lauren Sharkey

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For the next two months we’ll be asking some of our first year contributors to talk about the post application period and how they dealt with it last year.

What did you do to get through the post application period?

I definitely struggled through the post application period.  In all honesty, I think the waiting is the hardest part.  At least the writing you can control.

The admissions process is unfair in that it is not a synchronized event.  Acceptances, rejections, and wait list notifications go out at different time intervals.  Some say it’s alphabetical, but the truth is that no one really knows when you’re going to hear or why.  My advice would be to avoid forums like GradCafe and MFA Draft on Facebook.  Seeing live updates will drive you to insanity.  Unless you have a letter, e-mail, or phone call, do not lose hope.  Believe in yourself.  Trust your work.

What’s the best piece of advice you received about applying?

“Keep the faith, Lauren.  This is a journey.  Journeys are inherently filled with uncertainty and stake.”

Biggest high? Biggest low?

Biggest high would be accepting Stony Brook Southampton’s offer.  Biggest low would have to be rejecting Arcadia’s offer.

What would you do differently if you could apply all over again?

I’d definitely do more research on the programs I was accepted at.


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  1. Pingback: REJECTED: The Five Stages of Post-Application Season Grief | The MFA Years

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