My big fear of being accepted into Grad School didn’t come true. Thus far I’ve gotten accepted into three different programs. I’m still waiting to hear back from three more programs, but should know early next week if I got accepted or not into these last few. I’ve already even said no to one of the programs. All the programs that I’m looking at besides one are Low-Residency. This means that I would travel to the school’s location for around 10 days for the intensive part of the semester. Basically reading and writing hardcore for those 10 days. Then you come back and spend the rest of the semester working with your mentor on your projects and lots more reading and writing.You do most of the coursework online but it’s a lot, lot, lot of writing and reading. I think the only way you become a better writer is just by writing and reading. So I believe that these types of programs are really a good idea.
I would be staying where I am now and would continue to work at my job while going to school. So doing a little research here’s what we are looking at:
Ashland University in Ohio – They are the Tuffy Eagle (eagles?) and are purple and gold. I got in here! The program takes two years.
Fairleigh Dickinson in New Jersey – They are the Devils and are blue and red. I got in here but this is also the school I said no to already.
University of Alaska at Anchorage – They are the Sea Wolves and are green and gold. The same colors as the university I attended for undergrad! I am still waiting to hear back from them. I really like their program but it also is the only program that takes three years.
Chapman in Orange, CA – They are the Panthers and are cardinal and gray. This is the only program where I would be physically attending school daily. I am still waiting to hear back from them but the more I think about the low-residency program, the more I lean towards that concept. We’ll see. This is also the most expensive option.
Goddard in Vermont – They don’t have a mascot and their school color is blue. Weird, I know, but they are the smallest school I applied to. I am still waiting to hear back from them.
Fairfield in Connecticut – They are the Stags and are cardinal and white. I have been accepted here and this is the program that makes me the most excited. Their program is held on an island in Mystic, CT and below are some of the pictures of the location where the program is called called Enders Island. Their program takes two years as well.
I was immediately sucked into the school by those pictures. I looked at the faculty too and was very impressed. How can you not be creative in an environment like that! Funny thing is that Fairfield is the last school I applied to and I kind of applied there on a whim. It was as time went on and learned more and more about the program there that I liked their program the most. I think when it comes down to a decision, it will be in between Alaska, Fairfield and Ashland. We shall see what Alaska says and then I will make my final decision next month. School would start up for me mid July! Have you heard of any of the schools? Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
I am excited and nervous at the decision that I’ll be making but I know I will learn a lot about writing and that is something that I love.
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