« on: February 21, 2008, 09:28:58 PM »
Something I thought I would mention here that I was reminded of today. Go to the school where you think you will be happiest, I say, personally that's probably the most important aspect to choosing a school. Once your there, the rank won't matter, Yale or Cooley, if you hate your life/loath getting up every day for school the rank is not going to keep you happy during what can be a miserable experience at times.
Today I am in a particularly crappy mood, I have to be at my computer by 6AM on Thursdays for my biz. I did not want to go to school tonight, the class I'm in goes slower than the second coming, and I'm not in the mood for it or the next one. Plus because of other commitments I'll be here till 9:45PM tonight. I was basically in a poo mood when I got here.
Well with in two minuets three people came up to me and said hi. Before I got to the doors I saw two friends with big smiles on their faces who want to chat with me. On my way to class three people said hi to me by name, a professor I had 1L class with came up and shook my hand asked me how I was doing ect. People's whose names I don't know waved and smiled. And I'm a commuter student, I don't hang out at school much, but people still treat you like an old friend here.
The point is as much as I hate Thursday nights at school, my classmates, friends, colleagues, and professors make it worth it even when I don't want to be here. Here at least people are nice and friendly, and they can make a bad day a better one. I'm sure its like that at other schools as well, I'm also sure its not like that at some schools.
Being happy with your school and your classmates can and will make law school a much better experience overall. Law school will suck at times, it will be stressful at times, it will depress you at times, it will make you want to quite sometimes, liking your school and your classmates is what makes all that crap bearable when it comes.
Invest at least some of the energy you put into choosing school on something more than numbers, visit the school, talk to students, talk to your potential classmates, see what kind of "vibe" you get. I don't care what schools you are looking at, if you don't feel comfortable there, your going to regret going there later. Its days like this when I'm really glad I'm at DU, my classmates make up for me hating life on Thursdays. As soon as I got here my angst went away as I saw my friends, that makes it all worth it.
I appreciate the post Matthies. Interestingly enough I logged on to post on this page how confused I was about where to attend. One of my professors today asked if he could write a letter of recommendation for me. I told him that I had four people write one, so there weren't any more spots, and I had already gone complete. But I did give him the admissions number to call at Colorado. We'll see how that turns out.
So it was refreshing to hear some good things about Denver, because I have already been admitted there. But my question about your post is this: how much does the school matter? While I do acknowledge that the surroundings and weather of an area do affect my happiness, I don't think much else does. Let me give a disclaimer, obviously if I was in an abusive relationship or something I would be unhappy, but I don't have, or anticipate to have, anything like that happening. I think the biggest contributing factor to my happiness is how I am living my life. I think, hopefully, I will live my life the same regardless of which school I go to. I also think that people are largely the same everywhere. I assume I would be greeted at Colorado also. When I visited DU a couple of years ago I was blown away by how friendly everyone was, but I don't anticipate Colorado to be much different. So how much does a school really matter?
I am not trying to cast doubt on your posts, I am honestly asking for an answer. I don't see it, but I would love to!
If I get accepted to CU it will be an EXTREMELY hard choice. Especially after I saw that the difference between instate tuition and out of state is 14,000 dollars. That is almost how much I am getting from Denver. And after that instate break the tuition is only 16,000. That is extremely tempting. I have no idea what I will do, assuming I actually get in