sassypenguin Posted April 23, 2015 Share Posted April 23, 2015 I need help deciding between two schools. Note: the tuition is covered for both programs and I currently have a job in a city that's the main hub for my field. School A Pros Ivy League school Top 5 program for this particular type of policy Will allow me to leave my current job on good terms. (I dislike my current job). I've seen the undergraduate campus and liked that. (Not sure what my grad building looks like). major city I like the program I already have work experience so the school name can only help (hopefully) Cons No job in this new city May have to end up taking out a loan to cover cost of living o Does this negate the benefit of getting the tuition covered? High cost of living Would require me to make a 2 day drive to drop off my car at parent's house o My car is leased, so I can’t just sell it o Parking in this new city is ridiculous and I wouldn’t be able to afford it. My living situation is still unknown. o I still have to wait to hear back from on-campus housing (cheapest option) o Because of this, I'm not sure how much furniture to take with me or sell I could end up spending a lot of money as rent in this city is ridiculous The overall public policy ranking is not great Very expensive up-front costs o cost of moving to new city o down payment needed for housing o down payment to hold my spot for school Have to find someone to sublet my current apartment o And get back to this city to oversee School B Pros I like the focus of the program going to school here will allow me to stay at my current job o This will allow me to continue living in my current apartment o I save on moving expenses as I can continue to live in my current apartment o Don’t have to worry about subletting my current apartment o This will allow me to continue to network with people in the field Cons Is not a "name brand" school Will I get a good return of investment? Commute to school will be annoying No clean exit for my current job Although the general public policy program is in the top 15, the specific specialized program that I am applying for (which is in a different department) is not Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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