taa Posted May 11, 2009 Share Posted May 11, 2009 Hey everyone, I have a week from today to make my final decision of where I will or will not go for grad school. I was accepted to OSU (Ohio State) geography MA, Stony Brook sociology phd, and Columbia Uni sociology MA, no funding anywhere. First, I just found out about my admittance to Columbia a couple of weeks ago because my letter was lost for some reason. I had applied to the PhD, but was only accepted for the masters. When I found out, I was uber excited because my partner and I really want to move to New York, and this could be that opportunity. That being said, the economy is shit now, and there aren't many jobs, so we are worried about the financial feasibility, not even considering the 30k that I'll have to go into debt to get the masters there. My plan would be to work my ass off while I am there so that I can get into either theirs or another New York school's PhD program WITH funding. OSU is my other serious option. It's much cheaper, and I go there now for my undergrad (graduate in June). Columbus is comfortable, and my partner has a decent job here that he enjoys. But we don't want to spend the rest of twenties here. Also, having the brand name of Columbia University on my CV is extremely enticing, and I feel like this could open the door for serious opportunities in the future (granted that Columbia's sociology program is also top notch). OSU just does not have that kind of brand power. The whole thing is upsetting because even after I pay all of this money and get myself into serious debt, there is no guaruntee that a) I'll get into a funded PhD afterward, or that after the PhD, I'll be able to find a viable career in academia. Perhaps I should forget grad school for now and look for a job (that probably does not exist.) What do you all think? Is it dumb to want to go to Columbia for the reasons I have enumerated (location, compatibility with partner's goals, prestige)? Should we wait it out here in Columbus -- I'll continue my studies at OSU, and then reapply to all of these schools upon completion? Or should we seize the dream and move to NY? Or should I just forget about grad school? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated! Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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