Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:I thought the second ASW was fantastic. The people there seem genuinely kind, fun, and hard-working all at once - as advertised. Professor Cheng's class was really neat and I really liked Professor Ruhr (extra kudos for being a judge at the Talent Show). The school really seemed like a family and I was sold on that. Loved how everyone, from students, faculty, to administration were all on the same page and knew each other on a personal level - surprisingly, that's not too common.
I actually wasn't too sold on Nashville...since I'm from the Northeast it may be because of the massive difference between Nashville and NY/Boston/DC but I definitely might need some time to get used to it.
The only negative about the school itself was just how much everyone tried to "sell" the school to you. At times, it didn't seem genuine and people seemed to go out of their way to shape their answers to give you a pitch. The professor that I got the chance to sit with, seemed really chill and brilliant, but kind of oversold the school at the expense of other (some of them were much higher ranked) schools, which was kind of a turnoff. My thinking is, if you're really that superior, you wouldn't need to up yourself by putting another place down. I doubt Harvard faculty goes around and tells people why they shouldn't go to GULC. So maybe tone it down a notch. The overselling made me take some other things they said (even things I would normally agree with) with a grain of salt because..."this could also just be a pitch."
When I tried negotiating, I definitely got the feeling that the reply was nothing more than a put down of multiple schools that are ranked better and have significantly better employment numbers. It definitely was unbecoming of the school, but if you've followed their treatment of me thus far this cycle, it was unsurprising. Like Vandy, you're a great school, but I can see your numbers and you're not Chicago or Duke. And you're not worth 60k more than UT. Just thought I'd chime in on this. Best of luck to all of you next year, Nashville is pretty awesome!