« on: March 08, 2005, 06:43:47 PM »
So, obviously I will be making my own decision, but I was wondering what people here thought.
So far I have been accepted to Catholic and University of Maryland. I was rejected at GW and am still waiting to hear from American and GMU. Given the late date, I kinda think that my chances at the last two are pretty slim, but we shall see.
In any case, I am having a real tough time deciding between Catholic and Maryland. Here is the situation....
I will be living in Northern VA, rent free with my fiance and my grandmother. My fiance will be interning in Northern VA while finishing his Masters in Physical Therapy during the fall semester. Hopefully, by Spring 2006 he will have a job. Because neither of us will be working in the fall, we can't really turn down the free rent my Grandmother offers.
So the decision is between Catholic and U of MD. The commute to Catholic is probably a 1/2 hour driving... (plus a lot depending on traffic), or 45 minutes if I take the metro. Maryland on the other hand is 55 miles and 1 hr. and 10min on the Marc train (plus 20 minutes to get to Union Station). Additionally, this train runs infrequently, and only during rush hour.
The final part of this equation is that I want to work in the DC area after graduation, right now I think that the Federal Government would be ideal.
Soooo.... Catholic is ranked 82 on USNWR, but a 30-45min commute. Maryland on the other hand is 42, but a 90 min. commute. Taking quality of life into consideration, as well as job prospects, how would you choose?