"You are going to SCHOOL!" "but what is a school?"
June 24, 2012 9:31 PM Subscribe
Got into an MFA! ...now what?
posted by divabat to education (7 answers total)
I recently got accepted into an MFA program in San Francisco which involves looking at how my arts practice connects to social issues (and vice versa). I'm pretty keen on the program as it'll give me the space and opportunity to develop my creative work further, in a city that I know has plenty of resources and avenues for the sort of work I want to do.
However, I do feel a little lost on what I can or should do in preparation, especially since it's less than two months away and I'm also moving overseas (most of my time has been spent getting my visa sorted). It's been a few years since I've had to do university study. I applied for this program *because* it was predominantly creative and not just writing one academic paper after another, but I'm having a hard time thinking about prep beyond the "read all the things" approach. I also have a major case of impostor syndrome, which isn't helping.
I feel like I'm a kid who got plucked from a mountaintop, being told "You're going to SCHOOL!" and thinking "but what is a 'school'?". Or, as a fellow Potter-fan friend noted: being told you've been accepted to Hogwarts when all you know is the Muggle world.
What can I do to feel more prepared and get primed for my MFA? My advisor suggests I think more about what I want to achieve artistically, since I'm pretty clear already on what my social-justice goals are. There's going to be a 2 week bridge program before classes proper, to get reacquainted with American academia, which is good. I've connected with some current students who have been helpful too.
Any other ideas? Especially for overseas moves and dealing with attendant culture shock? If you've done an MFA, what did you wish you knew before you started?