“1-3 things, in no particular order of importance:
1. That you should get all your books a month or more ahead of the first day of class if possible. (If they switch the books, chances are you'll want to read them anyway, yes?)
2. That you should first formulate your ideas about writing from reading, and it is best if you throw into the mix of reading a heavy dose of writers that have withstood a significant test of time (a criterion intentionally left vague).
3. That you should listen to and consider all thoughtful criticism with an open mind--hell, give it all a try. The MFA program is an excellent opportunity to tinker. Just save often ("To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering," says AldoLeopold). And if in doubt, as no one knows the one true way, refer to #2.”