Mandakay16 wrote:Am I stupid for even considering American at this point?
I love DC - & I would love to work in gov't...
Being from DC unless American gives you a hefty scholarship (almost full) I would recommend staying away. They don't place all that well in the area and it is one of the most expensive school in the nation. It is in a beautiful part of town, but it is very expensive to live near there.
Government hiring is really down right now and they are cutting salaries; I wouldn't recommend going to American, taking on a lot of debt, and then trying to get a Gov job.
If they give you a full ride, then that's definitely doable, however.
Students with degrees from DC schools have a hard enough time competing with GW/GULC that an SMU degree doesn't carry very much clout in the area. You're competing with GULC, GW, Mason, Howard, UMD, Richmond, who all have ties there; not to mention every top 14 student who wants to work in the area. There are a lot of jobs, but lots of competition.
I'd recommend sitting out or trying to transfer to GW from SMU. GW is still ridiculously expensive, but there are a lot of good outcomes you can get from there.