Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

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Northeast
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Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby Northeast » Thu May 26, 2011 2:20 pm

I decided to take the no debt option at UNC (full ride and parents will cover CoL) over 40% tuition at ND which would leave me in around 50K of debt and a 50% scholarship at W&M leaving me in 30K of debt upon graduation.


I would love to get DC but I heard it would be tough from any of the 3 schools? Am I making a poor decision?

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jtemp320
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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby jtemp320 » Thu May 26, 2011 2:22 pm

Very good decision - you are not an idiot at all

DC would require top top grades from any of those schools or a lot of luck in networking - UNC with no debt is a great deal - not having to make those payments will be a big deal for you and take a lot of pressure off.

Also I've heard Chapel Hill is a good college town - if you like North Carolina and will be happy going to school there and probably practicing there you absolutely made the right decision.

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby Law Sauce » Thu May 26, 2011 2:25 pm

not an idiot

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby KMaine » Thu May 26, 2011 2:29 pm

This is easily the best option you have.

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby crit_racer » Thu May 26, 2011 2:32 pm

I would have taken W&M. 30k debt is nothing and could be paid back easily. And it places *better* in your desired market.

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby Z3RO » Thu May 26, 2011 2:34 pm

Not an idiot. I'm normally one of the "best school you can get into" people, but having 0 debt coming out of school opens so many doors, plus you don't have to do laundry.

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby Northeast » Thu May 26, 2011 2:35 pm

crit_racer wrote:I would have taken W&M. 30k debt is nothing and could be paid back easily. And it places *better* in your desired market.


You are right, however, after looking at placements I felt that I would have to finish at the top at UNC or W&M to get DC. MY second option would be NC over VA.

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby TheFactor » Thu May 26, 2011 2:38 pm

Law Sauce wrote:not an idiot

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby Northeast » Thu May 26, 2011 2:42 pm

I am feeling good. Any more thoughts?

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby snapdragon » Thu May 26, 2011 2:47 pm

Northeast wrote:I am feeling good. Any more thoughts?


You're absolutely not an idiot.

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby fatduck » Thu May 26, 2011 3:07 pm

you am not an idiot

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby Slevin Kelevra 2011 » Thu May 26, 2011 3:08 pm

Not an idiot. Keeping your debt down is important from any of the schools you mentioned, none of which place well into biglaw and will likely get you a midlaw position or good gov't position. Very smart decision.

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby bhan87 » Thu May 26, 2011 3:17 pm

Good decision. DC is tough to get, but you'll have options in NC and the zero debt aspect will make your life a whole lot easier when you graduate

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby jtemp320 » Thu May 26, 2011 3:23 pm

Northeast wrote:
crit_racer wrote:I would have taken W&M. 30k debt is nothing and could be paid back easily. And it places *better* in your desired market.


You are right, however, after looking at placements I felt that I would have to finish at the top at UNC or W&M to get DC. MY second option would be NC over VA.


Wise

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby Northeast » Thu May 26, 2011 4:49 pm

Thanks to TLS for making this feel right. I hope I do not look back and regret it but right now zero debt sounds great.

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby solotee » Thu May 26, 2011 8:47 pm

Not an idiot. I can put you in contact with a few people I know got DC big law from UNC (some on TLS)

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Re: Tell me I am not an idiot, or am I an idiot??

Postby flcath » Thu May 26, 2011 8:52 pm

Not an idiot.

Though if you'd ask me to guess what total CoA a 40% scholarship at ND would leave you with, I'd guess around $90K.

So you may be even less of an idiot than you initially thought.




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