Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Spencer Catches a Break

The following letter represents the biggest break I've received in years. As an artist, I've pushed after success and gotten lost, run hard till I was out of breath, then collapsed. I've died many artistic deaths...this letter announces my greatest resurrection to date.

Dear Spencer,

I’m happy to report that the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University has accepted your application to our Master of Science - MIME program, for studies
beginning in Fall 2006.

The Department also accepted your application for funding. When you enroll, you will be granted the following package of support:

• A Student Academic Appointment lasting two years, with annual earnings of
approximately $11,409.00.
• A Fee Remission that covers the full cost of tuition (except for mandatory Activity, Athletics, Student Health, Technology & Transportation fees, as well as a small percentage of graduate tuition, typically about 3.5%) during the two years of your appointment. This scholarship permits you to take up to 12 credit hours per semester plus 6 credit hours during the summer, and currently has a monetary value of approximately $19,796.00.

Total value of the offer is $31,205.00. Please see the attachments for more details.
We were impressed by your record and would not be surprised to learn that you have received similar offers of acceptance and support from other institutions. If that’s the case, you might be thinking about what to do.

My heartfelt advice: choose the program and people who seem most likely to help you go where you want to go in your life.

In any case, we will need to know your decision by April 15. Don’t hesitate to get in
touch if I can give you information you need to think things over. Our program might not be built the same way as those of other institutions, and that can make comparisons difficult. The merits of the good life we have here in Bloomington might not immediately come to mind. You might be wondering about how important the financial offer is relative to the intellectual fit (the latter is much more important, I think). But I’d be happy to talk to you about things, regardless. Send me an email or call.

Whatever you decide to do, you deserve praise for making it through the admissions
process with such success. Congratulations! I wish you the best of luck in the future, and encourage you to start that future here, with us.


Edward Castronova
Director of Graduate Studies
Indiana University
Department of Telecommunications