juliachild-ish wrote: Desert Fox wrote:
juliachild-ish wrote:Yes, I'm indecisive in terms of which school to attend (aren't most people?) but not in terms of career goals. Which is why I don't really see why I need to attend, say, Harvard. I don't have very lofty career goals, so I don't necessarily need the boost that the Harvard prestige offers. I understand that both Harvard and Northwestern might open more doors, but those aren't doors that I'm really interested in, if you follow the metaphor.
rayiner, are you trying to make the point that anyone dating for two years should be planning to get married? Haha, maybe I'm getting old, but I've had multiple two-year relationships that weren't marriage material. If you like the person and are content with them, why break up? Unless it impedes your future plans, which is the decision I'm up against now.
lisjjen, I think you made a good summary, and I agree with your points.
Honestly, I do hate Chicago--I was just trying to be polite since there are many Chicagoans on here. I've been here for a year now, and haven't found much to like except the friendliness of the people (which is awesome).
So why are you even asking for anyone's help. You are basically saying nowhere but Berkeley is acceptable for personal reasons. So go. You know it's a dumb choice, but you are going to make it anyway.
I'm a little confused what you think Chicago lacks has that Arizona has unless you are talking about weather. Because the weather does suck unless you are used to it. Why'd you move here anyway?
I guess I'm asking for help clarifying a few questions floating around in my head. How hard is it to leave Texas with a degree from UT? How do Berkeley and Northwestern's USNews rankings compare to their actual prestige and placement power? How bad are the prospects for paying off debt from Berkeley? Is Northwestern a bad fit for someone who's not interested in the corporate side of law?
I'm trying to balance personal reasons with sensible ones, and I was hoping to get other people's insights into the questions above.
I moved to Chicago to be with my SO, but I have kind of regretted it since I gave up a good job in AZ. Aside from the weather, Chicago really lacks serious outdoor recreation (Lakeshore Drive is about it); I'm used to great trailrunning, hiking, and mountain biking options. The COL in Chicago is also very high compared to AZ, which has been a hard adjustment for me to make. I find the public transportation system to be kind of slow and expensive, but driving is not really an option either, so it makes it hard to get around (compared to Phoenix, where, as bad environmentally as it may be, it's easy to drive and park anywhere).
Xavier or PCDS? Your decision making process sounds like every chick I knew at Xavier. Brophy grad btws.
I'm on the east coast, and I hate the cold too.
It sounds like your not as into your relationship as you used to be. Lettuce beef reality here, you've probably been looking at new prospects. I think you are using this thread for someone to justify/tell you that bailing on your significant other is a valid choice. No hate, I'm a realist when it comes to relationships (aka jaded man whore).
It sounds like money isn't an issue. Ignore everyone with the daddy bullshit. Yeah, it makes it a lot easier and is "unfair". That is life, deal with it. Its not like you are going to not use every advantage you have. I am in a similar situation, but I own a business that allows me to write off a lot of LS costs in taxes.
UT or Berkeley is going to put you ahead of the AZ game as long as you have the contacts you mentioned. I could never live full time in Phoenix after growing up there; I think it sucks but do your thing. In general, I think B is going to pack more of a punch in AZ. Most people are higher education illiterate there. The law community will still respect UT as a regional powerhouse, but it might suck if you decide that lawyering isn't for you and still want to live there. Having grown up in what sounds like similar circles, you will be dealing with all UofA, ASU, and Scottsdale people. That sounds like hell.
If I was in your shoes, I would scratch off NU. I would probably go Boalt. UT is very close, but I think you are partially paying for school contacts with people in business, engineering, etc. If one of those contacts gets me some extra business or better employee recruitment from that school, it will most likely pay for the tuition difference very quickly. Being in Silicon Valley is also a big plus for me.
money sounds like it doesn't matter (minimizing risk of loans) + relationship with SO is in the first stages of failing (staying somewhere she doesn't want to be is stupid)+ weather (kills NU)+ already has connections in AZ law (regional school rep doesn't matter) + possibility of bailing on law and/or AZ (general school rep becomes important) = Berkeley has a better risk/reward ratio.
That's my analysis.
Recognize the reality of the situation with the SO. Pick between Berkeley and UT. Done.