Lawst wrote:I'm about this close to withdrawing from the waitlist. Fordham was my top choice from the start, but while I've been chilling on the bench over here, Rutgers has been winning me over. They've offered me enough scholarship - plus in-state tuition if I move across the river before classes start - that I could go there for about 1/4 of what I'd pay for Fordham. Also, I like the school. It was one of my safeties, but upon further inspection, it seems like a good, solid regional state school.
I mean, obviously Fordham is a better school, but for a non-traditional student like me who's going to be 40 at graduation and planning to go into public-interest law, does it matter? Is it really worth 4X the price?
Moving to North Jersey is a whole other matter - I've made peace with that and am seeing it as a three-year retreat of sorts. I will be back in New York, period, even if I end up initially working in Jersey and commuting from the city.
I'm musing over this in the thread in case anyone has been in this situation and has some insight to share. Also, I need to write about it to figure out why I'm not making the obvious logical choice, or at least what seems like the most logical - letting Fordham go. Some of these schools just stick in your craw, you know?
I just got into Fordham, and this was my top choice from the start also. However, I'm in the same situation as you with Rutgers...except I'm not interested in public interest. I'm leaning towards Corporate Law...but not 100% set on that yet.
What do you all think you would do in this situation? We're talking sticker at Fordham vs. chump change at Rutgers (well, chump change comparably to the first option)
I've gotten a good scholly at RU that I'm still going to haggle over, but the point is...I have quite a dilemma on my hands.
I am scared to pass up not going to Fordham, as it's my dream school. On the other hand, I'm scared to death of coming out of Fordham with 150k debt + undergrad debt and possibly not making it big (we've all heard the stories of law schools and jobs nowadays). It's very tough for me to think about...
Do you take the safe route, or do you take the plunge?
For those going to Fordham, are you commuting or living around the area? I live close, but I can't imagine commuting in every day when I know we'll all be swamped with work.