Hi all, I have been looking through the social work threads and have found it very comforting to know that there are people who are going through the application and decision process with me. I needed some advice on making a decision on which MSW program to choose. I only applied to two programs which are the University of Texas at Austin and University of Houston programs, I have been accepted to both as well. Problem is, they both have pros and cons for me and I'm having a really hard time choosing which school to attend. Here are the pros and cons:
Living on my own (I currently live at home in Houston with my parents)
Highly ranked social work program
I get to challenge myself in a new school/city
I have no professional connections in Austin
I would have to start networking again
Housing is expensive
I have professional connections in Houston
I currently have a mental health internship that helps me gain experience for the future
Houston is a city which has a lot of internship opportunities for MSW students
I am comfortable with UH (I did my undergrad here) and I know the school
I would save money on housing
I would have to live with my family (I tried negotiating living on my own but parents wont let me)
Limited chance to grow as a person on my own*
*I live in a south asian household which is pretty different from the individualized American ideal, for me living on my own lets me choose where to go whenever I want and do what I want without having my parents criticize or question my decisions/try to control me.
This might sound like an easy decision for some of you, but for me it determines how I will be spending the next two years of my life and if it will help me grow as a person and in my career. I appreciate any help I can get.