I don't actually feel this reflects much on my writing quality, or even my quality as an applicant. Maybe that's really egotistical of me, but there are so many other factors, especially right now, with the economy the way it is. Creative Writing MFAs are competitive at the best of times, and right now, everyone's going back to school. Mom said she heard that schools are currently looking for people with "life experience," and since people ARE going back to school, there are more to choose from. Besides all that, I'm an unconventional applicant: I wasn't an English major, and I don't write literary fiction. That's why I sent out the initial e-mail asking all the schools whether they thought someone who writes YA fantasy would mesh well with their programs. Most of them said, "Well, we take mostly literary fiction, but any kind of writing theoretically could get in, if it was really good." Only NC State gave me an unqualified "yes," and they seemed to be the only one with a fantasy writer on the faculty - thus my high hopes for getting accepted there, until yesterday.
Oh well. I know my parents have thought about a number of possible Plan Bs. I haven't thought much about it, honestly, but of course now I'll have to. So we'll see.