USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA Screenwriting Fall 2020

Jalenyj

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The closer we get to the end of February, the harder it is for my mind to not obsessively focus on the oncoming news. How are you all keeping your minds off of it?
 

Write2Eat

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I’m not. I woke up at 3 am ET today with my mind racing thinking about what if I am waitlisted. I don’t think my nerves can take it if I don’t get a definitive yes or no right off.
 

sarahkwUT

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I'm pretty consistently checking their site for updates, recalling how back in my undergrad years I found out my acceptance to Tennessee a few days before I got the official email. Same story when I applied to UNC for an MBA (which I ended up not doing - good call!). I didn't realize until recently that there isn't an interview for this program, so that helped calm me down and focus on other interviews I had.
 

studio54

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USC
I called anonymously and they said notifications would come out around Mid-March, so I'd say between next week and the next one?
I went to an info session here in LA last fall and they mentioned everyone would know by~ mid-March. But of course, that was months ago and there could be many factors that change the timeline.
 

Shade

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I went to an info session here in LA last fall and they mentioned everyone would know by~ mid-March. But of course, that was months ago and there could be many factors that change the timeline.
I think that's probably the generic response and they can't disclose more info? But other years decisions came out in late February or early March? Not sure, first time applying! We'll probably know soon next week or the next one. I kind of got paranoid for a second there after I called them bc I was thinking, what if they checked my phone when I called and they didn't want to tell me I got rejected? Lol Safe to say this process is driving me insane
 

studio54

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If I had to guess... (and this is just a guess) Just because UCLA's decisions are coming out next week, USC will try to send out emails next week, what with them being rivals and all. So brace yourselves... we're in this together though 😅 💪
Just out of my insane curiosity.... next week as in the weekend of the 22nd or 29th? (Since decisions seem to come out on weekends based off previous years)

I ask because this may be a determining factor in whether I actually let loose and have fun at my friend's birthday this weekend or if I'll spend it in a dark corner of the bar, face lit up by my constant refreshing of my phone screen.
 
Just out of my insane curiosity.... next week as in the weekend of the 22nd or 29th? (Since decisions seem to come out on weekends based off previous years)

I ask because this may be a determining factor in whether I actually let loose and have fun at my friend's birthday this weekend or if I'll spend it in a dark corner of the bar, face lit up by my constant refreshing of my phone screen.
This makes total sense. I feel like I can't go anywhere until I know if I'm celebrating something or if it's a much needed pick me up. Hahahaha I did decide that regardless of the outcome, I'm going to FINALLY watch HBO's Watchmen when the results are posted. Gotta celebrate life regardless, ya'know?
 

Shade

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Just out of my insane curiosity.... next week as in the weekend of the 22nd or 29th? (Since decisions seem to come out on weekends based off previous years)

I ask because this may be a determining factor in whether I actually let loose and have fun at my friend's birthday this weekend or if I'll spend it in a dark corner of the bar, face lit up by my constant refreshing of my phone screen.
Next weekend, I think! 29th? But don't take my word for it. It's my first time applying here. Oyyyy
Have fun at your friend's thinggg!!! If anything comes out, someone can post it here and you'll get an alert on your phone :)
 

princessjasmine

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I applied last year, and from what I remember it started in late Feb and was rolling admissions with the last acceptance being around March 12ish. Then anything after mid-March was a rejection.
 

studio54

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Next weekend, I think! 29th? But don't take my word for it. It's my first time applying here. Oyyyy
Have fun at your friend's thinggg!!! If anything comes out, someone can post it here and you'll get an alert on your phone :)
Thank you! Very true. I'll be on edge regardless, whether it's an e-mail from USC or a random twitter notification I'm sure I'll lose my breath for a moment there
 

KatieeveD

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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!
I know what you mean about plans! If I do get in I’ll be moving from England and if I don’t then 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ Who knows where I’ll be in a year! I’ve been watching college decision reaction videos for weeks now, all this anxiety just bubbling over 😭😂
 

KatieeveD

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Thank you! Very true. I'll be on edge regardless, whether it's an e-mail from USC or a random twitter notification I'm sure I'll lose my breath for a moment there
I didnt even realise they’d be coming out so early! I read somewhere that they’d be coming out March/April time! Ahhh
 

sarahkwUT

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@KatieeveD My weightlifting coach half joked with me today about opening a weightlifting gym - he doesn't know I applied to grad school yet, I'm his "prodigy" and can't bring myself to tell him I might be leaving him - and I thought... Well... There's Plan B.

Goodness.
 

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