USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA Screenwriting Fall 2020

Chris W

Willem was robbed
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princessjasmine

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It was strange. When I called the financial aid office he asked for my ID, and when I told him he said “you don’t need to worry about that until enrollment.” I didn’t want to ask what that meant, so I was like, I don’t have to do anything? And he was like no, it’s not urgent.
 

Write2Eat

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It was strange. When I called the financial aid office he asked for my ID, and when I told him he said “you don’t need to worry about that until enrollment.” I didn’t want to ask what that meant, so I was like, I don’t have to do anything? And he was like no, it’s not urgent.
::whispers:: I wonder if this means you got in? ?
 

princessjasmine

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::whispers:: I wonder if this means you got in? ?

I truly have no idea. I’ve been asking everyone I know to analyze the situation. I don’t wanna get my hopes up, since this is my second time applying and I was crushed last year :( I’m just trying to understand why he says “enrollment” over “when you get accepted.” He only said that once he saw my name/ID.
 

Write2Eat

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I truly have no idea. I’ve been asking everyone I know to analyze the situation. I don’t wanna get my hopes up, since this is my second time applying and I was crushed last year :( I’m just trying to understand why he says “enrollment” over “when you get accepted.” He only said that once he saw my name/ID.
It's hard to manage expectations. I keep trying to just not think about it and then I come here and read threads from past years...for the second or third time. So very helpful and productive haha
 
There was a solid amount of time, maybe six weeks or so, where I genuinely put grad school in the back of my brain and focused on the holidays and friends and my job. However, now that this site is lit up again with interviews and stress... I'm fully back in panic mode. AH! So soon yet so long to go...
 

caruss

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There was a solid amount of time, maybe six weeks or so, where I genuinely put grad school in the back of my brain and focused on the holidays and friends and my job. However, now that this site is lit up again with interviews and stress... I'm fully back in panic mode. AH! So soon yet so long to go...
Maybe it's a good thing that I honestly have no clue when USC notifications go out? Last year it was late February, but that doesn't seem to be typical. It'll hit you (or not ?) when you least expect it.
 
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lotsofquestions

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Hey everyone! I was just wondering if y'all know if there are interviews involved with this process? I was looking through the Film and TV production thread and a lot of folks were called by professors from USC. Is that something y'all have experienced as applicants for the screenwriting program? And, if we accidentally miss/don't get the call, should we consider ourselves out of consideration for the program? I would appreciate any help/advice/information you could provide on this. Also, I'm wishing you all the best of luck with your applications! Thanks for your time.
 

A_J

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Hey everyone! I was just wondering if y'all know if there are interviews involved with this process? I was looking through the Film and TV production thread and a lot of folks were called by professors from USC. Is that something y'all have experienced as applicants for the screenwriting program? And, if we accidentally miss/don't get the call, should we consider ourselves out of consideration for the program? I would appreciate any help/advice/information you could provide on this. Also, I'm wishing you all the best of luck with your applications! Thanks for your time.
USC does not do interviews for the Screenwriting MFA. They base the decision on the writing you submitted. So don't stress about getting a call. From the website...
"John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television review committee places considerable importance on the autobiographical character sketch, story ideas, writing samples, portfolio list and letters of recommendation during the application review process. There are no admission interviews. The committee ensures that all applicants are judged equitably by limiting evaluation to the items listed."
 

KatieeveD

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So, how's everyone coping with the wait?? I'm going absolutely mad. Trying desperately to keep doing dissertation work and keep my mind off of it!
 

sarahkwUT

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I was pretty good with not obsessing over it until after the New Year. Now I might check for application status updates every day or two, just in case. I've had a couple of interviews with other schools and my full-time job and coaching business are both keeping me busy, so there's that. I just want to rip the USC bandaid off, one way or another. This waiting... If anyone is familiar with the Enneagram, I'm a Type 3 and plans are my favorite. Not knowing where I'm going to school (if I'm going to school? I refuse to believe that though...) means not knowing where I'm going to live in a few months which really helps when you're planning moving across the country.

Whew. My anxiety just came out - so much unknown!
 
So, how's everyone coping with the wait?? I'm going absolutely mad. Trying desperately to keep doing dissertation work and keep my mind off of it!
Yeah, you're not the only one struggling with the wait. I tend to worry though. I'm semi-relieved that decisions will be mostly out by the end of the month. It's also a relief that February is the shortest month.
 

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