Are you ready for some football!? Yeah, I’m totally kidding. Randy Moss coming back to the Vikings didn’t seem to make a big pull of a difference. Brett Favre finally admits to sexual voicemail messages, which is good because him calling it “a league issue” in every interview was getting annoying. And Kendra’s husband, what’s-his-face, hasn’t done anything major to impress me as of yet. Last but not least, there’s Jared Allen. He’s an interesting bloke, and he doesn’t play too bad on the field. But I’m obviously not here to talk about sports. If this were a blog for any member of my family, it would be about sports. But in my world, it’s about the finer things in life – getting lit (on books) and writing.
Specifically, I want to talk about life after college. I have roughly two years of college left due to a not-so-grand start at the first college, followed by a three-semester break from it all, and now being back for my third semester at my currently college. But it’s never too soon to think about the next step, right? Right! Okay…let’s go.
I have been looking at graduate schools off and on this past year, trying to determine if getting and MFA in Creative Writing is something that I want to do, or better yet something that I should do. People succeed with or without such a degree, depending on their field, but I wonder where it leaves a pursuing writer/editor. It never hurts to get more classroom experience when it comes to writing – aside from the fact that you’re essentially paying for feedback that is only sometimes critical.
Some people might think money is the biggest factor, but not me. I won’t decide to not go to a really good school because it costs $5,000 more than another school. Besides, the school I am at now is really cheap, so I’m lucking out so far. The most important aspect of this decision for me is what school to decide on. I don’t want to stay at the school I am presently at, and for many reasons. If I get a Master’s, there’s a big chance that where I’m living at the time is where I will stay, and I don’t want to stay where I am forever. I have no issue with my hometown, but I don’t see my entire life here, plain and simple. Okay, so the list (no particular order):
1. University of Iowa
Perks: It’s somewhat close to home, and it’s listed in many places as the best for a MFA in Creative Writing.
2. Seattle Pacific University
Perks: If I could live anywhere in the United States, Seattle is my top choice at present. Plus, one of my best friends lives there, and it wouldn’t hurt to have a friend around!
3. Columbia University
Perk: New York City is where it’s at for publishing companies.
4. New York University
Perk: Same as Columbia
5. Bath Spa University
Perk: If I could live anywhere in the world, the region around Bath, England would be it. Also, it’s only a one-year program.
6. University of East Anglia
Perks: I’ve heard great things about this school recently, and I would be in heaven living anywhere in England, period.
I want to say more about each school, but to do so would take me hours, and I don’t have that kind of time this evening. I would appreciate any feedback if you know something on these schools. As for this post, I have nothing else for tonight. Okay, I have a lot more that I could say, but for tonight this is all. I will leave you with a picture of me in front of The Royal Crescent in Bath, England. I don’t do this to convince you to choose college #5, but rather to show you how awesome it would be to live there one day.
Have you debated going to graduate school? If yes, what was the result?
Which school out of this list has your vote?