« on: February 28, 2007, 03:49:05 PM »
Help me ponder this...
I received a $30k per year scholarship from BU, nearly full tuition. Would I be making a grave mistake if I chose it over Georgetown with no money? I haven't received GULC's financial aid package yet, but I am assuming that my numbers aren't going to be getting me much money, if any.
Graduating with very little debt is important to me. I'm coming straight from UG and I'm really not tied down or anything, but I would like to be able to start saving for a down payment on a house, buy a car, and start a family after law school. I'd also prefer not to have to eat ramen noodles three meals a day for a decade after I graduate(WAAY too much sodium).
My interests are in public service/interest, maybe doing policy stuff or working for the DOJ or US Attorney's office. I am not interested in biglaw. BU would give me some flexibility to work in a field that I enjoy and not be forced into working 70 hours/wk in a firm. However, Georgetown location and connections in DC make it one of the best places for someone with my career interests.
I'm from the Boston area and would prefer to work in New England after graduation.
I loved Georgetown when I visited, but the BU offer really surprised me and I am now leaning toward the cheaper option. Is Georgetown worth the HUGE debt in the long run, or would I be crazy to pass up a ton of money at a well regarded school?
Obviously these are still hypotheticals and a lot could change, but I would appreciate some of your thoughts to help me with this decision.