What would you choose in my place?

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heavenlyhautbois
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What would you choose in my place?

Postby heavenlyhautbois » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:12 pm

I'm feeling a little confused and conflicted about my options and was hoping to get some impartial feedback. I'm originally from California but have been living in the Midwest for the past six years (school for four, working for two); however, I would ultimately like to end up in California. So, if you were in my place and were choosing from the following offers, which would you pick?

UCLA with $20,000/year
Northwestern with $20,000/year
Duke with $18,0000/year
Michigan with $15,000/year

I would greatly appreciate any input or advice anyone has to offer!

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby Kretzy » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:22 pm

For California, I'd say Michigan's prestige is worth the extra $5,000 per year.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby legalease9 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:25 pm

If you are SURE that you want to end up in California, go UCLA. If you aren't SURE, then go to Northwestern and take the higher prestige.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby heavenlyhautbois » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:58 pm

Thanks for your opinions!

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby BioEBear2010 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:02 am

Kretzy wrote:For California, I'd say Michigan's prestige is worth the extra $5,000 per year.

Michigan places well in California. I'd argue that it places well above UCLA.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby AngryAvocado » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:10 am

Michigan. Don't even think about UCLA as the expected tuition hikes + COL in LA will probably eat up the 5k scholarship difference plus some.

Oh yeah, and it places better in California and much better nationwide.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby Integrity » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:10 am

HOLY COW...you have some great choices!

I say UCLA, though. But I am biased toward more pleasant weather (and prettier people).

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby 09042014 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:13 am

heavenlyhautbois wrote:I'm feeling a little confused and conflicted about my options and was hoping to get some impartial feedback. I'm originally from California but have been living in the Midwest for the past six years (school for four, working for two); however, I would ultimately like to end up in California. So, if you were in my place and were choosing from the following offers, which would you pick?

UCLA with $20,000/year
Northwestern with $20,000/year
Duke with $18,0000/year
Michigan with $15,000/year

I would greatly appreciate any input or advice anyone has to offer!


Can't go wrong with any of the last three. Probably Michigan because it'd end up being the cheaper than NU due to cost of living.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby heavenlyhautbois » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:58 pm

Okay . . . I also just got offered $60,000/year at Cornell.

And I forgot to mention that I qualify for in-state tuition at UCLA.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby fortissimo » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:05 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
heavenlyhautbois wrote:I'm feeling a little confused and conflicted about my options and was hoping to get some impartial feedback. I'm originally from California but have been living in the Midwest for the past six years (school for four, working for two); however, I would ultimately like to end up in California. So, if you were in my place and were choosing from the following offers, which would you pick?

UCLA with $20,000/year
Northwestern with $20,000/year
Duke with $18,0000/year
Michigan with $15,000/year

I would greatly appreciate any input or advice anyone has to offer!


Can't go wrong with any of the last three. Probably Michigan because it'd end up being the cheaper than NU due to cost of living.


+1

UCLA would be my last choice...in-state means nothing given the tuition hikes + highest COL out of the 4.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby DallasCowboy » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:20 pm

Pretty much no reason to take UCLA with the new tuition and OCI bloodbaths. Try to play the T14 options off of each other until you get the right price.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby im_blue » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:17 am

BioEBear2010 wrote:
Kretzy wrote:For California, I'd say Michigan's prestige is worth the extra $5,000 per year.

Michigan places well in California. I'd argue that it places well above UCLA.

AngryAvocado wrote:Michigan. Don't even think about UCLA as the expected tuition hikes + COL in LA will probably eat up the 5k scholarship difference plus some.

Oh yeah, and it places better in California and much better nationwide.


Correct. Among these choices, Michigan places the best in California.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby 09042014 » Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:53 pm

heavenlyhautbois wrote:Okay . . . I also just got offered $60,000/year at Cornell.

And I forgot to mention that I qualify for in-state tuition at UCLA.


I'd take Cornell. That is a huge scholarship. Congrats.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby PDaddy » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:03 pm

Michigan would be the odd man out. Throw the names of the other three into a bowl, put on a blindfold and pick five times. Whichever school get's picked the most times wins. It's really that close. Michigan is just as good as - if not better than - all of the others, but I wouldn't personally want to be in Ann Arbor.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby GeePee » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:27 pm

I was pretty sure Cornell's Dean's Scholarship was 120k and that they didn't offer any more than that. I don't know if it's a math fail or what but that's a huge amount in excess of tuition.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby heavenlyhautbois » Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:46 pm

Yeah, you're right, sorry -- I posted $60,000/year, but it's really $20,000/year (or $60,000 total)!

Thanks for all your input, everyone.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby BetterCallSaul » Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:15 pm

I'm going to put in a little plug for UCLA...

Why: I'm at CCN and I have some friends (the 3 I'm thinking of were around the median, 2Ls, California natives, very socially adept) who spent every bid on California firms and struck out at OCI. They all managed to find Cali jobs for the summer in government or public interest, but it can be difficult to do California-focused networking when you're out of state.

Michigan could work just fine if firm hiring bounces back, but you'll be pretty dependent on OCI. If you're comfortable with that, that's great, but you might have more firm options if you're in California.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby superflush » Sun Apr 04, 2010 4:06 am

heavenlyhautbois wrote:UCLA with $20,000/year
Northwestern with $20,000/year
Duke with $18,0000/year
Michigan with $15,000/year


None of these are bad options. And they aren't too far from each other.
Personally, I think I'd cross Duke off of the list. Don't think I would want to go to school there for 3 years. UCLA would only make sense (in this situation) if you were certain about working in California. But between Michigan, Northwestern, and UCLA, I think it comes down to preference.

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Re: What would you choose in my place?

Postby Mickey Quicknumbers » Sun Apr 04, 2010 4:22 am

heavenlyhautbois wrote:I'm feeling a little confused and conflicted about my options and was hoping to get some impartial feedback. I'm originally from California but have been living in the Midwest for the past six years (school for four, working for two); however, I would ultimately like to end up in California. So, if you were in my place and were choosing from the following offers, which would you pick?

UCLA with $20,000/year
Northwestern with $20,000/year
Duke with $18,0000/year
Michigan with $15,000/year

I would greatly appreciate any input or advice anyone has to offer!


I'll take Duke, you take Michigan, and we'll give the other two to charities.




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