flippacious wrote:Come on Down wrote:Gryffindor wrote:Is anyone else having a hard time deciding between Harvard, or Yale, or Stanford (or a combo) and the Ruby? I'm debating starting a discussion on the topic.
There are several threads about this that one can read through. IMO its crazy to pass up that much money but everyone needs to make the decision for themselves. I would be interested to see how the discussion breaks down among people with differing levels of work experience. I know that, personally, 150K (or more) of debt means a lot more to me now than it did just a few years ago when I finished undergrad.
I agree. Having taken a few years off between UG and law school, I am pretty conscious of the debt. First off, I'm older, and when I graduate I want to start putting away money for a house, kids, life, etc. The Ruby opens up the opportunity to do that immediately, instead of putting my life on hold for a while. I think there's a huge value in that. There's also the fact that, for the past three years, I have been very conscious of my spending habits as I tried to save as much as possible to go toward law school. I imagine having crazy loans would hang over me in a similar way. I'm looking forward to being able to relax a bit. Thirdly, I'm going for biglaw, but if I end up absolutely hating it, the Ruby gives me the freedom to try to change jobs and not have to suck it up for the sake of loan payments. I like that.
I have only been admitted to HLS, but I don't think I'd take Yale or Stanford over the Ruby either.
So Chicago...please email that form I can sign so I can make sure you won't take the Ruby away from me, and I can withdraw from everywhere else!!
^^This. Everything you just wrote makes me want to pick the Chicago Ruby. But at the same time I think its going to come down to ASWs for me. If I don't see myself being happy at Chicago I will go with Harvard/Stanford. I really hope I love Chicago when I visit though, because there's nothing I'd like more than to take the money with no regrets.