dresden doll wrote:If the point of this thread is to assess the worth of Cornell relative to worth of happiness OP would experience at being able to stay in NYC, it should never have been started in the first place. We can't possibly know how happy OP would be at Fordham, what it would mean to her and how it compares to better prospects she's practically sure to have out of Cornell. Only OP can make that assessment.
All we can do is offer thoughts on what the choice should objectively be under given circumstances (i.e. money, goals, etc.). The only person who can properly account for subjective factors such as proximity to family is OP herself.
The subjective stuff is always the hardest, but IMO it's the most important. I remember your epic decision thread, and all the ones I made before my decision got made for me.
It's not easy, but OP has the support of people who've been down this road before. Anyone can do research and pull up the numbers; the difficult part is figuring out what those numbers ought to mean to her in light of her personal situation.
Sorry, ENFP tendencies coming out. The board is full of INTJs who look at things differently. I think the best we can do for her is to give her multiple viewpoints and sources for information. It did seem from her initial post that her decision would need to encompass things beyond salary data and placement rates, and these are valid decision components.
In her shoes, I would be asking Fordham for money right now. If unsuccessful, I would have to think long and hard about what mattered to me.