FinallyGoing wrote:I don't want to give out too much identifying information, but as an OC native, a grad of H/Y/P and a former political operative, I would really love to hear someone explain how OP is going to make any substantive political connections in OC. The person who posted about the Trojan network is correct, USC's ties run much deeper and wider than anything else in SoCal let alone OC (the still-bedroom community of LA)...sort of rendering UCI irrelevant in this context.
Did you apply to Davis/Hastings?
What sort of office are you looking to snatch first?
You describe yourself as sort of a policy-wonk but that you also want to hold elected office...if your end goal is to hold office, go to GULC/NU move back to CA, work hard build ties to the community and run for city council or perhaps the CA assembly and then move your way up. Demographics are going to play a huge role in this as well..make sure you pick a place to live that would be electorally friendly to you and not likely to change in the several years you are working.
For those who aren't making the connection, insofar as politics need $$ and a lot of $$ comes from SIs, GULC provides the best opportunity for OP to network with potential future supporters in a relevant context. For as intriguing and and good a law school I believe UCI to be, I just don't see it as being a good fit for the OP.
EDIT: OP.."Orange County is a major player in CA politics..." Care to elaborate???
I was accepted to both Davis and Hastings. I don't know what I'll be running for first (and, honestly, who can). As far as the OC bit goes, it's a strong fundraising base. Irvine also seems like a pretty nice place to live. I'm a lifelong Californian, so not too keen on Chicago weather, but that's far from a deciding criterion.