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Would it be crazy to take Uconn over Emory?

OnDayAtaTime

Would it be crazy to take Uconn over Emory?
« on: March 10, 2005, 01:28:51 PM »
Ok so I am in at both and my bf lives in Boston. Would it be "career suicide" to go to UConn to be closer to him and be happier and therefore probably do better?

I know I am being sorta silly and my gut says go to Emory...but I have absolutely zero desire to even go visit...which is a bad thing right?

 :'(


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Re: Would it be crazy to take Uconn over Emory?
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2005, 01:42:58 PM »
Personally, I'd say go where you'll be happier.  Life is short, and if you really love your boyfriend you should be in a situation where you can be together. I wouldn't say UCONN is career suicide either.  If you do well, you should be able to pull off a good job.  I also see you're waitlisted at BU, who knows, maybe you'll get in there in the next few months and then it's an even easier choice. 

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Re: Would it be crazy to take Uconn over Emory?
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2005, 01:48:57 PM »
Thanks for the kind words! That is the cutest dog...is it a Shih Tzu?

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Re: Would it be crazy to take Uconn over Emory?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2005, 01:18:59 PM »
Thanks! Yep, he's a shih tzu.  I love to torture him and play with his hair  :) Good luck with your decision! Go with what makes you happy...

Re: Would it be crazy to take Uconn over Emory?
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2005, 01:26:20 PM »
definitely go with what will make you happiest.

the only thing for me is when I was a sophmore I made the decision to NOT go participate in the NSE in Hawaii for the school year with my best friend, instead stayed home to be closer to my then boyfriend of two years.  As you can tell, I'm a little bitter I made such a decision based on him!  But I do not know your story...

I still say go with your gut and with what will make you happiest.  Personally, I would rather live in CT/New England.   :D

Re: Would it be crazy to take Uconn over Emory?
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2005, 02:00:57 PM »
All depends.  In all honesty you'll be at an academic advantage at Emory.  Uconn is just too far from Boston (about an hour) to keep from majorly messing with your life.. well, unless your BF drives up to see you every weekend.  But again, that's the problem.  Just close enough he can come often, but just far enough that when he does it won't be for a quick hello.  You don't have that kind of time as a 1L.  Unless you have discipline to stay away from him when busy, go to Emory where you'll have no choice.  It's still an easy flight into Boston (about an hour and a half tops?).

Also, when you finish, presumably you want to work in Boston?  IT's a competitive town.  You mught be better off with the higher ranked emory when competing against Harvard, BU, BC, Northeastern and more.  Uconn a good school but... you might get stuck in Hartford.

OnDayAtaTime

Re: Would it be crazy to take Uconn over Emory?
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2005, 02:10:32 PM »
Does anyone have any idea what the career prospects are like from UConn? According to NALP they look really bleak.


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Re: Would it be crazy to take Uconn over Emory?
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2005, 02:14:21 PM »
If you have "absolutely zero desire to even go visit" Emory, then is it really what your gut is telling you to do?  Or is it what you think would be the smart career option?  

I just don't think Emory has so much better of a reputation to make it worth it for you.

And if you want to work in Boston, my best guess is that UConn would be as useful as Emory -- in part b/c there are probably so many more UConn alumnae in Boston.

About your BF, you're the only one who can make the call -- but remember that you're not 17 anymore.  Sometimes people who advise others to only do what's best for themselves are falling too much into a pretty over-individualist culture.  If you think your love will last, and it's a mature love, then go for it.  

But more important than everything else I said, the reason I think you should go to UConn is that I feel you're trying to get us to confirm a decision, rather than help you make one.  That's why I think your gut is saying UConn.

SleepyGuyYawn

Re: Would it be crazy to take Uconn over Emory?
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2005, 02:21:37 PM »
Well, I wouldn't say Emory is that much better than UConn.  A little bit better, but not much.

UConn:

Employment rate of over 98%
Starting Salaries (2002 Graduates Employed Full-time)
Private sector (25th-75th percentile): $70,000 - $110,000
Median in the private sector: $85,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information: 68%
2/3 are employed in-state

Emory:

Just over 96% Employment rate.
Starting Salaries (2002 Graduates Employed Full-time)
Private sector (25th-75th percentile): $70,000 - $110,000
Median in the private sector: $91,386
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information: 96%
42% employed in-state.

Re: Would it be crazy to take Uconn over Emory?
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2005, 04:25:05 PM »
Sleepy, salary stats are useless.  I have to assume the salary market in Georgia pays a lot less than the northeast where Uconn grads end up.  Emorys numbers are amazing for that percentage of southern placements to be factored in.

I like Uconn, and will go there if i get in.  but im not dying to get to Boston when im done.