Valhalla_Valkyrie wrote:May I ask what made you withdraw?
UMN didnt make too much sense for me. I'm from the South, and while UMN touts its "national" appeal - that isnt going to get me into the east or the west coast and anyone thinking of UMN for this aforementioned National appeal needs to seriously consider what it means and your chances of having their limited national reach even come into play. I dont want to be stuck in the Midwest. UMN gets insanely cold. I felt more at home at UGA and while Minneapolis is a nice place Athens is a better place for me for school.
Just to provide a healthy counterpoint.
I'm originally from the South. In fact, Sandro will soon be attending school in the town I've called home for 23 years.
I'm choosing Minnesota because a change of scenery, however cold, will be something interesting and exciting for me. Moreover, Minneapolis is a place I wouldn't mind being cold in. I'm also attending because of Minnesota's "national" appeal. I know that Minnesota's reach outside of the Midwest is limited. I know that a Minnesota degree won't "get" me a job on either coast. I'm entering Minnesota with a full understanding of these limitations. I know that any job I hope to obtain outside of the Midwest will hinge upon stellar grades and my perserverence when it comes to networking, interviewing, and pimping myself out to employers on the West Coast.
I also know that if I don't land my dream job out in California, that I'll still have a diploma that carries significant weight in the Twin Cities and has a strong name value in the Midwest. I also know that if I'm sick and tired of the blistering cold after 3 years, I can always go home on the strong connections I have back in Atlanta.
At the end of the day, I felt that Minnesota would give me more opportunities than UGA would. Maybe it's because I already have an "in" in Atlanta. I'm not sure. I do know that both schools are incredibly good, but will require you to put in a lot of the legwork if you want "national" mobility.