ClarDarr wrote:I transferred to Penn last year and would be more than happy to talk to anyone about it.
I am curious as to how your academic performance changed at Penn, if there was a change.
Also, did your T2 school offer you money to stay? I'm at a T2 in the 60s in my hometown and I'm #1 in the class. They have offered me a full scholarship. Any advice on what I should do? I'd hate to be kicking myself if I stayed and didn't get what I wanted.
Edit: Then again, I wouldn't owe $150k. How do you feel about the additional debt you took on? Is it possible to get a scholarship after your 2L year?
I am not top 2% at Penn, but I'm very content with how I've performed. I didn't find the classes to be exponentially more demanding or difficult. You're #1 in your class, so I think you'll likely do well at OCI at your school if you stay. That said, I would talk to the top students at your current school and see how they did. It's a tough call and I don't hold myself out as an arbiter of good decision making, but I don't regret giving up my high class rank or LR. For me, I thought about it for a long time, talked to as many different professors and students as I could and then made the best decision for what I wanted to end up doing.
My old school offered me an additional 15k to stay, and while that was generous, I would still have graduated from there with a decent amount of debt. I think as far as taking on debt goes, that's a pretty personal call. I was willing to do it if it meant having the opportunities on down the road that I wanted to have. I was not sure my old school could do that.