« on: February 27, 2008, 01:00:42 PM »
I actually grew up in Indy (-anapolis) my whole life and escaped it to do undergrad at BU. From my experience: A) the winter sucks and the summer is not great, B) cost of living is outrageous, and C)there is a lot of snobbishness and competition on BOTH sides of the river. I'm in Athens right now doing grad work, and I can tell you that the cost of living in Atlanta is pretty high, although maybe not as bad as Boston. I definitely understand wanting to get out, but then again I left and decided I would rather live in a place that's not my top location so I can be near family. It's difficult to travel when you're in an intense program if you want to get back for holidays/birthdays/weddings/funerals. IU - B and IU - Indy are my top choices simply b/c of proximity to family and career opportunities for my husband (oh yeah, and a low cost of living). If IU - B offered you a full ride, that would be difficult to pass up. You'll have a lot more flexibility in your career options (field and location) if you don't have to choose the highest paying one to pay back your $180k student loans. That said, if you can leverage your full-ride into scholarship money at Emory or BU, that would change the equation. Good luck! At least you have options!