Accompanying your deep insecurity will be a sour-grapes attitude toward the Ivy Tower and everything it stands for. Because you feel woefully inadequate as an acedemic, you will develop a steady inner monologue about the corruption of academia.
11. Your entire success and future financial well-being is based on a goddamn proposal.
How will you define yourself?
Many people argue that it’s not necessary, but neither was college. It’s just a matter of how much money you want to potentially make and how much you hate school.
A few months before I started grad school, I met a woman at brunch with a mutual friend. She had just finished a master’s program in the same field I was going into, so I asked her if she had any advice.
Scott’s still living at the big house in Chevy Chase, dating rich JAPs who go to American (“I made it with the daughter of the doctor who cut off Betty Ford’s tit” – I don’t think I could ever top that line).
1. You are never too busy for the people you care about.
Save yourself time and effort by asking yourself these five questions.
You spend 60% of the time on rotations waiting for people or things to happen.
I’m not saying a low-residency MFA program is for everybody, but I’m glad I did it.