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Application Fees – A New Episode of My Podcast – Equipment Test!

Equipment Test Podcast Microphone Over Desk

I still don’t really have a good reason why, but I’m still making my podcast every weekend. It’s called Equipment Test! and it’s just me reading my short stories and talking about my blog. I figure I’ll just recored an awful episode every weekend while I’m alive and maybe in like 10 years it’ll be an okay podcast.

This week’s episode is about an application fee for a low-residency MFA program that really kind of rubbed me the wrong way.

How Do I Feel About Application Fees?

With the powers I gained from my MBA, I understand some of the reasons that for application fees probably exist. For instance, they keep admission departments from being as overwhelmed. They even provide some additional funding. Application fees also encourage people to really think about the programs they apply to. At the same time, I feel like there are limits to what’s reasonable what isn’t. Everyone probably has a different idea of what that limit is.

Some universities are doing away with application fees, others are doubling down. There is probably still a lot of planning for alternative ways to fund departments and programs if tuition were to be cut by the government at some point.

Listen to the episode Equipment Test! below. It’s also available on Apple Podcasts and other platforms.

Episode 8 – To Be Submitted Via Submittable…

You can find previous episodes at If you like the short story I read in this episode, check out my other stories that I post on my blog on Fridays.




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

I wrote a fiction collection called Crushes and self-published it because sometimes I just like to push buttons and see what happens. I think this book is pretty alright, I suppose. Buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

crushes by eric shay howard fiction collection book cover

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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