Nothung Posted April 15, 2014 Share Posted April 15, 2014 I'm feeling very conflicted right now, and could use some advice. Essentially, I was accepted, fully-funded with a TA-ship, to a mid-ranked program that I was not initially in love with but have since found the faculty extremely welcoming and encouraging. I grew increasingly thrilled by this, but also hoped that my girlfriend would be accepted by any of the nearby schools to which she applied. This unfortunately did not pan out, but we were both accepted to Claremont Graduate School, a program that we admittedly did not research quite enough before we decided to submit applications. What we've since learned is that CGU does not offer fully funded PhD's (merely scholarships which cover a percentage: 70% in my case and 30% in hers), and has no opportunities for TA-ships, though one could theoretically apply for an adjunct position themselves at any of the sister schools in the area. Originally we thought it better for me to accept my first offer, and for her to follow me there while she plans for the upcoming application season. Now that the deadline to submit a $200 deposit is here however, I'm having some second thoughts. My main problem is that I cannot tell how legitimate CGU is: it is ranked a bit higher than the school that offered me a funded opportunity, sure, but without funding it does seem significantly easier to be accepted here. The location seems a million times lovelier than the other school I am considering, but I'm worried that the program at CGU will feel too shoddy -- more like I am investing in them than they are investing in me. I don't want to regret turning down a great opportunity, but I also can't shake the thought that CGU could work, and that even without full funding (granted, I would have to figure out some sort of employment/perhaps take out more loans...) CGU might still offer me an excellent education and career opportunities while keeping a personal relationship that is very important to me intact. Any thoughts? I would be so grateful. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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