How much of an adult must an MFA be?
April 26, 2012 5:52 PM Subscribe
I'm going to graduate school, for a creative writing MFA! What can I do to prepare, and what's expected of me as an MFA?
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I'm heading to a well regarded MFA program at a major university. It's a funded position, and I'll be teaching both creative writing and composition classes. I've read this excellent post about how to get the most out of an MFA, but I'm wondering more about what's expected of me professionally?
I would like to have a more adult attitude than perhaps I did while working on my undergrad, but how do I exhibit this? How should I dress to teach? How should I dress to attend class? Do I need a briefcase? Can I wear a beard? Can I wear a very long beard?
Is it okay for me to drink in front of students, peers, and professors? What about using other forms of chemical recreation? What mistakes can I avoid?
Any tips on avoiding department drama, or getting along with everyone there? I'm looking for a best-practice guide to grad school and fitting-in in academia.