I mentioned a few posts back that applied to a few MFA programs, and that I was waiting to hear the results:
If I don’t happen to get into the MFA programs I applied to, I will not be sad.
Okay, I’ll be sad because of the time and effort I put into applying. But… not overly sad.
Not having a degree will not stop me from getting writing done.
I applied to seven MFA programs, out of which only two accepted me.
MFA programs are notoriously small and competitive, so these results aren’t surprising to me. I’m very, very happy that I got into two programs, let alone just one. But I also acknowledge some of the sadness I predicted. Even though I got into two MFA programs, I can’t afford either of them at the moment.
Which means I’ve decided to not attend any MFA program this year.
But this doesn’t mean I’m giving up on getting an MFA. I still want one. And there are people out there that believe I would fit well in their MFA programs. Like I said in my previous post, no one needs an MFA to write, and not having an MFA won’t stop me from getting any writing done.
It just means that I will probably get my MFA later and when I can afford it. Hopefully, I won’t need to pay for one. Many MFA programs are fully-funded, offering scholarships, stipends, waived tuition, teaching assistant positions, and more to help mitigate the cost for a prospective student. But if I do go to a program I have to pay for, I want have enough money to pay it without having to take out a loan.
So… it looks like I’m off to search for a job. I don’t know what kind yet. Hopefully something to do with English, writing fiction, teaching, or Japanese.
As always, I’ll try to keep you posted, as a good blogger and writer should.