So the Director of the MFA program I applied to called me yesterday afternoon while I was at work. Very exciting! I could tell she and the faculty like my application materials, BUT if I could re-submit something?
I had a feeling that was coming (sigh). She was referring to a critical essay on a piece of children's lit and I wasn't exactly sure what the committee was looking for, so I sent in something I had written in the past, hoping it would suffice. My gut instinct told me maybe, maybe not. I was uncertain. And a bit lazy, truth be told.
The director was really sweet and said that the faculty just wanted to be 100% sure I'd be able to write a critical essay, so would I be okay with re-submitting that part of my application? Would I be okay? Of course!
The fact that the director called me has to mean something good, right? Even if I don't ultimately get accepted, they're at least considering me, I hope. Otherwise, why even bother calling?
The director said I could take the time I needed with writing the critical essay (approx 3-4 pages), a week if I needed it. She said she didn't want to make feel like I should do it overnight or something, to which I responded, "Oh, you have no idea!" She laughed.
So naturally, I wrote that sucker in a few hours and emailed it before 9 AM this morning. I think I did a decent job of it. It's been a few years since I graduated Cornell, but I apparently remembered something from all the paper writing I did then. I'm glad that's over with!
Now I just have to wait 1-2 weeks for the decision. Dun, dun, dun...