Monday, July 15, 2013

In Which I'm Going Back To School

So, one of my goals/resolutions for 2013 was to look into Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. It's a low residency program which means if I decided to apply I'd be able to keep my job, which is a requirement when you have like a mortgage and junk.

So look into it I did. I did Internet research and I attended a luncheon info session. And everything I saw made me like the idea even more.

So I got my ducks in a row and I applied. And then I tried not to think about it. I was pretty sure I had a good chance of getting in, but of course you never know. I knew of one person who had applied and didn't get in so it was clear they didn't just take anyone, you know?

But then a few weeks ago I got a phone call from Hamline and they told me I'd been accepted!!!

Yay! Woo! I'm so super excited!

I'm also excited because two of my local writing pals may also be applying, which would be awesome if they did and they got in.

I don't start until January (they asked if I wanted to start in July, that they'd make room for me, but I said no. Way too soon for me) which means I've got around 5 months to prepare. I have to read 120 books by the end of my first year and they want 40 of them done before you start so I'm going to get started on that immediately. I also am going to try and curtail a lot of my frivolous spending. It's never too soon to start saving for those student loans.

Exciting times in the future for me!

So how are things going for you? How's the summer treating you?

14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! Smart to give yourself time to prepare. I don't think anyone could read forty books in just a few days.

Matthew MacNish said...

Congrats, Sarah! So happy for you.

Robyn Lucas said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a fabulous program.

Bryan Russell said...

Congrats! I thoroughly enjoyed getting my MA (in English and Creative Writing). It was a great experience, even though I didn't have a mortgage at the time. Everything's more fun with a mortgage, I'm told.

Catherine Stine said...

Yay, go, you! I've done an MFA in creative writing and the community can be very inspiring and wonderful.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Good for you! I wish you a fantastic experience.

mshatch said...

Ooh, lucky you! I'd love to be able to get my MFA.

Rena said...

Congratulations! and that's so exciting! It looks like you've got a ton of reading on your plate! Good luck!

Maria Zannini said...

I hope you'll be able to attend with your buddies. That'll make it even sweeter.

And I don't blame you for starting in January. You'll be that much more prepared--and have more saved up.

Good luck, hon!

Southpaw said...

Congrats! I guess all your spare time will go into reading!

VikLit said...

Gosh congrats!

Jay Noel said...

That's awesome! I thought about doing something similar, but with my travel schedule for my job, it's pretty impossible.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Congratulation, Sarah! 40 books between now and January? You can do it :) Have fun!

Leandra Wallace said...

Yay for your good news! Get crackin' on those books! =)

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