Anonymous User wrote:Original OP:
My list was only for preference--thinking LA is by far my best chance and where I'll put in the most work--though I'll try with all my might at the off-campus OCI in both SanFran and LA--cant hurt much if they don't cost any bid spots....
3.5 at NU I believe i about top 1/3....median about a 3.2
Does IL summer employment really matter if in CA or IL? Don't firms realize we can't pay for 2 rents as IL and relocate at a cost of 10k plus for the summer just to say we went to ideal state for 10 weeks to make no money in PI---Im sure it helps but how much really?
Fiance also has lots of opportunities in LA....maybe that could help
1L anon from earlier in the thread.
DF was right in assuming that my resume is a bit different than most - in fact both grades and diversity are present, although I didn't get anything through "diversity" fellowships and the like, just mass mail.
That being said I tried to incorporate the advice and experiences I'd heard from more traditional 2Ls and 3Ls. One of the most common was that SF/SV was a slaughter unless you were an exceptional candidate or had a tech background (especially CS/EE). Almost all of them told me that, if I wanted Cali, LA was by far the most likely option. LA tends to have a worse reputation for QOL than the Bay Area and San Diego, but honestly, if you're making 160k + bonus you have enough money to stay in the nicer areas and avoid the bad parts.
I did a quick scan of some firms in Cali, although it wasn't anywhere close to a representative sample of firms. But Northwestern grads seem to be particularly rare compared to some other schools. At the very least it might be worthwhile to give some of the Northwestern alums in the area an email to try and establish some personal connections; doubly so if you actually are going to bite the bullet and live in the area for the summer. Doing better in the second semester sounds like a tall order considering you did pretty well the first time around, but getting into the top 1/4 or higher would also help.
One tip I'd suggest remembering for OCI and mass mailing is to know the differences between CC and Downtown LA like the back of your hand. When you get asked "Why LA," which you will, you can give a brief general answer before going into the specific benefits of the given firm's location. Most people without ties don't understand that the way LA is laid out is far different than most cities - it's already bigger in area than NYC and Chicago and that's without even taking into consideration places like Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, which are surrounded by LA on all sides. Being able to demonstrate that you know the nuances of the city is one way of signalling interest and commitment without actually having a concrete tie. My interviewers were pretty impressed that someone from the EC with next to no ties from Cali could correctly and articulately tell them why X was a better location in the same city than Y despite being under 10 miles apart.