iMisto wrote:^ Haha!! I love it. Did it come with that chunky kitty??
I may be completely off base, but from the looks of it, it seems like you REALLY want NYU. If you ED, then you can leave your puurfect little PS the way it is. If you RD, you can keep your fingers crossed. Above, you said you'd much rather have 250K of debt + a job than 70K of debt and no job. I can't think of a better fit for you and your PI interests than NYU.
ED, and spend the next year working on your tannnnnnn.
Just to be clear, OP you do realize that hiring from PI is extremely competitive, you may have to take several unpaid internships and you may not end up getting a job in PI at all?
I just want to be sure you realize that the choice isn't that $250,000 in debt (principal only, the interest accumulates from day 1) from NYU does = a job you want in PI. You can end up with $250,000 in debt and no job in PI. Last year someone from Duke (above median, I think, possibly higher) posted a thread where she was unable to even find a job at all that would qualify for their LRAP program. Just keep that possibility in mind, even from NYU.
I don't know why anyone is applying ED this year after the money and desperation that schools gave out last year. ( although if NU still give full scholarships that may not be a bad deal.) Maybe you can still get some aid from NYU if you are ED but you won't have any other offers to negotiate with. Paying back a quarter of a million dollars plus interest is going to take a long time and a massive amount of money.
Just be sure you think this through very carefully. Don't limit yourself just to make your life easier.
Of course it may well work out for you, but you should look carefully at the NYU employment stats and see where people were hired in PI. Figure out what the chances are that you will get the job you want.
But it is your choice, so good luck with whatever you decide. I hope it all works out well for you.