In no order:
University of Iowa
University of Indiana-Bloomington
University of Minnesota
Johns Hopkins University University of Maryland-College Park
University of Alabama
University of Arkansas
The Michener Center for Writing at the University of Texas at Austin
University of Oregon
Today’s feelings: swinging between overwhelmed and despairing and sometimes excited. I try not to let the excitement creep in too much, because I don’t want to get used to the idea that a year from now, I might be somewhere else. The weird part is, the more I work on this, the happier I become with Lawrence. It’s a bad time to be filling out “going away” applications. The weather is nice (for the moment), the town is beautiful, and, beyond all that, I’m really having a good time here. I like the people. I like the town. My job is totally mindless and sometimes that’s wearying, but it’s in no way bad or hard. I’m comfortable, and every time I look at these programs I’m struck with how uncomfortable any move, and any new situation, is going to be. This is probably in part how the University of Maryland managed to creep onto the list, and how no West Coast (or International) schools made the cut — it’s easier to think of moving to someplace that I feel I may understand. The Midwest, the East Coast, the near South. Four of these are schools I’ve visited in the past, for different reasons; two are places where I’ve had family members attend. KU isn’t on the list because I won’t go here again. Not because I don’t like the program or think I’d enjoy it, but because if (when, let it be when) I come back to KU, it’s going to be in a teaching capacity.
In other exciting news, I finally picked up my diploma. Turns out I graduated after all.