« on: June 14, 2005, 11:52:13 AM »
Hi again, You do have a good point about starting salary...that everyone will be different and based on different things..I was just looking at what USNew's lists it as (but yes, I agree very subjective!) I actually just got back from visiting Salem OR. I left on Sat. and got back last night (Mon.) It was an absolutely Beautiful campus! In fact, I think it is probably the nicest one that I have ever seen! The stream running through and the old style buildings really make it just wonderful. However, I was pretty disappointed with the town. I guess I've been spoiled living here, but it seemed kind of run down. The West side was much nicer and seemed to have promise, but overall I was really disappointed with Salem, I pictured something totally different. And as far as the living situations go, yes I noticed that rent is very cheap (which is really great for students, here it's about $1200 for a one bedrooom!) but I've been looking to purchase rather than rent, and I was very dissapointed in the house prices...for what it costs to buy a not very nice house in Salem, I can get a beautiful 2200 sq. ft. home in Fort Worth. At this point I'm leaning towards going to Texas, but I have heard nothing but GREAT things from every Willamette student I've spoken with. I really havn't had the opportunity to speak with many TWU students. I think that Willamette is probably a wonderful school that provides a great education, but I'm wondering if I wont be happy living there is it worth going?? The other thing is, I've read that most everyone stays in Washington and Oregon afterwards to work and the chance of coming to California is very very low. And although it's a better school, do you think that matters a lot between tier 3 and 4??? I spoke with my brothers best friend who is a 35 yr. old lawyer at a big firm and he said it doesn't matter at all...that once your out of the top 100 schools, they don't even look. I'm not sure this is true, but it's something to think about!! I really don't know what to do at this point! This is such a hard decision!!!