So I began the rather terrifying process of applying to MFA programs in poetry this past November. I didn't have too much faith in my prospects of getting in anywhere - MFA programs have notoriously low acceptance rates - but I was fortunate enough to be accepted to four of the nine programs I applied to. Let me tell you, there was a ridiculous amount of celebrating after each of those letters/emails arrived. Lots of tiramisu.
Ahem, anyhow, in the end, after weighing the various pros and cons of these programs, I decided on where I'm going to be this fall: Oregon State University. That's right, I'll be a beaver come September. Not nearly as cool a mascot as the wolverines, but it'll do.
OSU's program is excellent (despite sharing the whole "OSU" thing with Ohio State); I'll be working alongside very talented individuals and it actually fully funds each of its MFA candidates for the full two years. I was lucky enough to receive a diversity fellowship from the school as well that literally doubles my original stipend for this upcoming year. So on top of receiving my MFA at a great school - getting to work almost exclusively on my poetry for two years - I won't have any financial worries. It's really ridiculously ideal.
I will be sad to leave Ann Arbor for Corvallis, OR though. I've really grown to love my college town. This is why, quite a long while ago, I mentioned already being homesick for Ann Arbor - knowing you have to leave somewhere makes you all the more fond of it. This move to the west coast is going to be a very big change. I've never lived anywhere but Michigan my whole life. Here's hoping it's a good one though.
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