ocuviper wrote:Can anyone who is going to Cornell at sticker share their sentiments about paying so much money for their education?
I'm attending at sticker. I was kind of pissed about it, since I'm paying for the whole things with loans, but the fin aid office wouldn't budge, and it was by far the best school I got into for my career goals.
I feel better about it now. I have a V5 SA, and am doing the maximum time for the summer (12 weeks = $37,200 pre-tax) to minimize my 3L loans. I also live pretty cheaply here in Ithaca, so if I wanted to save a few thousand on the loans I could; I just choose to do some fun things with that money instead. I also did my 1L judicial internship without getting credit to minimize loans, and am working as a research assistant partly for the same reason.
If I hadn't done well here, I would have desperately regretted my decision. I kind of gambled, however, knowing that I would probably outperform my peers at the job search, if not at exams. I'd say the gamble paid off. Sure, I'll have less money than some of my friends once we all start working, but I've lived in NYC on far less money before. Also, given the caliber of my firm, I don't think I'll have issues lateraling if that ends up being necessary.