jacktripper wrote: kurama20 wrote:
You really shouldn't get attached to school outside of HYS if that's an option.
I disagree with this entirely. There are PLENTY of valid reasons to get attached to the other schools in the T14 (Gtown if one has a strong interest in political work, Chicago if one has hopes of settling there, Berkeley if someone just felt more comfortable there and fell in love with the clinics or something else, etc). Just saying that the other 11 or so schools actually do have something to offer, and happiness does exist beyond HYS.
I meant that you shouldn't get attached to a school outside of HYS when you have another top 14 school with a full scholarship. When you put things into perspective and you start thinking about the power that debt can have over your life it just doesn't make sense to be so attached to one school that you are willing to go into massive debt when you have a peer school that has given you a full scholarship. I'm sorry but the notion that I like NYU because of the "feel" and "style" so I'm going to take it at sticker over a full scholarship at say UVA is borderline ridiculous. A lot of us younger posters have this immature perspective that debt is not that big of a deal and that you should always go with your gut. I hate to say it but for a lot of people under 30 their "gut" doesn't know what the hell it's talking about. T
hat's all I'm trying to say. Not that it's HYS or bust. It's just that those are the only schools worth considering at sticker price when you have a full scholarship at a top 14, and notice I said considering.
+1. Well said.
I never mentioned anything about "feeling" and "going with your gut." ONE of my examples was this: Berkeley if someone just felt more comfortable there and fell in love with the clinics or something else, etc
. I never said someone should just abandon a scholarship on a whim. Feeling more comfortable AND feeling strongly about a clinic (or something else) were both important. If someone is completely drawn to CARC, and has a future mapped out in international relations or human rights, then maybe Berkeley at sticker is a better fit. Who are we to jump in and judge them, for having an "immature perspective," when that's not even the case?
My point was that there are a lot of us who are married, have children, or are in life situations where as much as we would love to pack up and move in order to take $$$ at school A, we need to attend school B at full price, for whatever reason. If someone has 10 years worth of IP or tech experience, it might not make sense for that person to attend Penn over Berkeley. Not all of us are in the same situation, and not all of us have the luxury of just moving on a whim. Please consider that before judging other people's posts. What works for you, may not work for everyone.
Edit: Someone else posted about not liking Philly, and that being enough for her to pass up Penn with a full scholly. I think that's perfectly valid - if you're miserable for three years, the free education is not worth it.