nickc8 wrote:low pat kuh wrote:1L here. Any questions?
Hey, thanks for dropping in to take questions. Are you happy with your decision to attend PSU? What made you decide to go there? The school is high on my list and would like to hear what your experiences have been so far. Thanks again!
P.S. what campus are you at? I'm wondering if Carlisle was a good choice.
I'm at UP, and I like it a lot. I've never been to Carlisle, so I can't comment much on that. The ratio of students, I think, is about 3:1 for UP, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a better location. It's just a preference thing, and both places have pros and cons.
I'm happy with my decision. Visiting was one of the biggest factors for me. The building is incredible, and they are investing a lot of money in the law school. It shows. The attachment to Penn State was a big factor for me as well. I'm not from the east coast, and Penn State is known as a solid school where I am from. I felt like the Penn State degree would be a lot more portable than other similarly ranked schools. There are tons of interdisciplinary opportunities here (form joint degrees to single classes in other departments) if that's your thing. Overall, I felt that out of all the similarly ranked schools (including the other schools in PA) Penn State had the brightest future, and I wanted to be a part of it. I felt like I would be leaving a better school than I entered. They also have a good need-based grant program, and since I'm poor that was a plus!
One of the downsides is the location. It's fairly close to a lot of larger markets, but not really close to any of them. Having to leave for summer work isn't that appealing, but I guess it's all part of the tradeoff. The plus side is that while Penn State won't dominate in a single market (Pitt, Philly, etc.) they will be strong in several markets. That is, IMO, a Pitt student would do better in Pittsburgh, and a Temple student would probably do better in Philly, but a PSU student would do better than a Pitt student in Philly, and a PSU student would do better than a Temple student in Pittsburgh. It's obviously not a science, but that's my impression.
State College is a little town, but it's really nice. It's clean, and because of the town's attachment to the university, the economy seems to be stable.
And let's be honest; it was a disappointing year, but I'm a big football fan. Football saturday in State College is like nothing I've ever seen before.