Jerwinf1 wrote:Howdy all,
So I´m deciding between HLS and SLS and I´m currently leaning heavily toward Stanford, though mostly for gut feeling reasons (I like the idea of people who are passionate and smart, but a little less intense.) Just read through the In at Harvard thread and I was very turned off by the extensive discussion of grades...
Just wondering if anyone else is making or made this decision / how much you think their reputations (Harvard = intense with lots of gunners, Stanford more chill) actually hold up in reality.
It seems to me that there´s really no difference in terms of life opportunities (especially since I want to stay in California or the Bay Area with the possible exception of some kind of amazing opportunity in D.C.).
The only thing that makes me question Stanford is the feeling that Harvard might be useful if I eventually want to work in politics or gov´t law (Democrat / progressive if that makes a difference)
A lot of us in this thread area also making this decision, and if you search HLS v. SLS you'll find tons of threads on this issue, and the Current Harvard/Stanford Students Taking Questions threads have each been helpful. Essentially, not to drag this thread down with a debate - I think the stereotypes of each school are somewhat overblown (or at least overgeneralized). Each school is going to be full of hard working students, and plenty have said Stanford is as "competitive as you make it," while Harvard students have said pretty unequivocally that it is not
the Paper Chase
and the student body is great. Undoubtedly, they have different vibes, and will have somewhat different student bodies, but you should visit each and search around the forum some more before making a decision. Also, if you know you want to stay in Cali, you may want to factor in geography. I'd advise that since you've been accepted to Harvard, use the email account they give you to get in touch with current Harvard students, professors, and alumni if you haven't already - I got a lot out of talking to each of them. Also, I'm facing the same decision, so take all
of that with a grain of salt.
I just can't wait to visit both of them