Jay Obee wrote: Dany wrote:
Jay Obee wrote:That's even more pessimistic than I am. I believe in the power of love, as long as you don't voluntarily ditch that person for three years and leave them in the desolation of Hyde Park.
Hyde park is fine, and when you're taking out $200k+ in debt to go to school, there are more things to consider than just living in the same place as your SO.
The people I know in long distance relationships in 1L have been doing just fine.
Wait til 1L is over. I don't think I knew any that survived into 2L. Heck, I think most relationships didn't survive 1L, not including long distance. I'm tempted to side with Dresden, but six years is a lot to not weigh at all.
Edit: I know one that survived. But, the dude cheated on his wife like every weekend. Ew.
Dude 1L ends in like a week. My experiences line up with Dany - the vast majority of LDRs are doing fine. Obviously it wouldn't be an optimal setup but OP would get breaks in the fall, winter, and spring in addition to whenever his SO can come to Boston. If he has enough $ for more flights it isn't detrimental at all to skip a couple of days of classes every other week and fly out to Chi. It shouldn't be too hard to at least get DLA or Baker Chicago from either school, and even if not he has enough ties there to have a good shot at midlaw / PI jobs. It isn't as ideal as him living at UChi but he isn't leaving her in desolation.
The ten biggest universities in the US by enrollment are in: Tempe, AZ, Orlando, FL, Columbus, OH, Minneapolis, MN, Austin, TX, College Station, TX, Gainesville, FL, East Lansing, MI, University Park, PA, and NY, NY.
There's one good city for biglaw (NY), two cities where biglaw exists (Minneapolis, Austin), and four cities with gov (Lansing, Austin, Minneapolis, Columbus). You can urge him to go to UChi all you want but you still need to answer the question: What happens when his SO gets a job in Gainesville? $250,000 with no way to repay is going to end up destroying a relationship a lot faster than trying to go long distance. OP should consider that proposition from the very real perspective of a sub-median student as well.