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Northwestern (full-ride) vs. Harvard

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Re: Northwestern (full-ride) vs. Harvard
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2007, 03:37:37 PM »
With 150K in debt, he may end up with no choice but to practice law.

What you mean to say is "he would have no choice but to practice law for at least X amount of time."

X is a dependant variable.

Re: Northwestern (full-ride) vs. Harvard
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2007, 03:40:37 PM »
Well, sure, I'm not saying he's committed to law for the rest of his natural life, but even four or five years of 70 hours a week at a big firm is rather undesirable to someone who has no interest in doing that, don't you think?

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Re: Northwestern (full-ride) vs. Harvard
« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2007, 03:45:14 PM »
Although it would be a dream to be able to attend HLS, I cannot overstate the significance of a FREE education at a school that's still in the top 14.  ESPECIALLY considering the fact that he's not sure if he wants to actually practice law or not.  With 150K in debt, he may end up with no choice but to practice law.

If it were between HLS and a tier-2 or 3, I'd say HLS.  In this case, I say NW, no question.

Exactly.

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Re: Northwestern (full-ride) vs. Harvard
« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2007, 04:32:35 PM »
i find the degree of agonizing here bewildering.  Northwestern is an exceptional school with insane-o job prospects all over the country.  when you add that 1. he's unsure if he wants to be an attorney and 2. he get's to go to a T14 school for free, you should immediately suspect a he's been lobotomized if he elects HLS. 

Re: Northwestern (full-ride) vs. Harvard
« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2007, 04:39:36 PM »
i find the degree of agonizing here bewildering.  Northwestern is an exceptional school with insane-o job prospects all over the country.  when you add that 1. he's unsure if he wants to be an attorney and 2. he get's to go to a T14 school for free, you should immediately suspect a he's been lobotomized if he elects HLS. 

Insane-O.  That's the word I was looking for.  Exactly.

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Re: Northwestern (full-ride) vs. Harvard
« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2007, 08:45:53 AM »
UPDATE:

Harvard offered him a total of 27K in aid, and allowed him to defer for a year (at his request).  He's going to Harvard.

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Re: Northwestern (full-ride) vs. Harvard
« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2007, 06:25:28 PM »
Christ.  I over-emphasized the writer thing.  Get off it everyone. 

Coming out with a poli-sci degree in undergrad leaves people seeing the law as a grand affair, and interested in working in public service/government. 

FORGET the "I'd like to be a writer eventually" thing.

NU full ride or HLS?


In that case it's simple:  What matters more, prestige or debt?  Answer that question and he has his answer.

If it's a tie between the two, flip a coin.

HTH

ETA:  NM, I see he made a decision.  Tell him congrats from me!

Re: Northwestern (full-ride) vs. Harvard
« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2007, 10:07:59 AM »
if it were me, I'd be a little intimidated by the class size at HLS.  Then again, I think I would have applied to most of the T14's and then weighed out each offer.


Between the two, I like the idea of Northwestern with no debt.

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Re: Northwestern (full-ride) vs. Harvard
« Reply #28 on: May 06, 2007, 10:45:41 AM »
If you want to write novels you write novels. You don't talk about writing novels some day because you're already in the middle of one. Writers write.

Ehhh, plenty of people haven't started a novel by their early twenties, but eventually do so.  That said, this is pretty good advice...

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Re: Northwestern (full-ride) vs. Harvard
« Reply #29 on: May 06, 2007, 10:51:19 AM »
i find the degree of agonizing here bewildering.  Northwestern is an exceptional school with insane-o job prospects all over the country.  when you add that 1. he's unsure if he wants to be an attorney and 2. he get's to go to a T14 school for free, you should immediately suspect a he's been lobotomized if he elects HLS. 

Much as I love HLS for myself, I completely agree with everything you said.

EDIT:  Oh, since he chose HLS, congrats to him, LOL.