We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into the Master of Fine Arts Program in Poetry at New England College. Your application materials indicate that you have the talent and ability to succeed in this highly selective program.
We have enclosed important information about the structure and philosophy of our MFA program. During the January 2004 residency, Marilyn Nelson and Michael Waters joined our already outstanding staff. Alicia Ostriker and Judith Hall joined us this past summer. The extraordinary range of our prominent faculty offers a seasoned, as well as diverse pedagogical presence. Students and faculty comprise a vital creative community at the NEC MFA Program, complementing the...
So, here we are.
Four months ago, I had no undergraduate degree, and no foreseeable plan out of cubicle life.
Two months ago, I had 4 application packets and a prayer that 1 admissions committee would be willing to look beyond the blemishes in my academic record.
Today, I have 2 rejection letters, but also, more importantly, 2 acceptances. Today, I have choices!
I suppose here the string section should start. And the narrator should say something inspirational about stepping out on faith, or about attempting the impossible. But that is the language of endings, and this is just a beginning. I've waited 10 long years.
Now, my friends, I'm ready to start.