Thank you all for your help! I think I'm going to stick with Indiana. Oregon is beautiful and it would be great to have the fam nearby, but I just don't think I can pass up the opportunities I'm going to get through the joint program at IU.
EDITED: A 16-hour drive away...that's like a country apart. i don't know what to say. they gave me until the 10th to email them back. if they've extended you until thursday, i say you got a lot out of them because they made it clear in that email that after the 10th, that was it.
what is the SPEA program? so that would mean you would go to law school and get a Masters as well? i normally say go to the school that you like the most and that serves your purpose the most. however, i think you got a lot of issues going on here.
is money a factor in all of this? was l&c giving you more? let us know how you've decided.
costa rica--now, that's a vacation. i heard it's beautiful. any tips on what to do while there?
Costa Rica was an amazing place to be. I would definitely visit Monteverde and do one of the canopy tours offered there. We went through Selvatura and were not disappointed in the least. We then took the jeep boat jeep tour from Monteverde to Fortuna to see the volcano Arenal, get a tour of the rainforest there, and spend 2 hours in a natural hot spring. For all of the Fortuna activities plus lodging in a hostel, it is only $45 through jeep boat jeep. Great deal. We then went to Playa Tamarindo and spent five days there. It was very Americanized, so if you are looking for something more local, I would suggest one of the smaller beaches. All in all it was an incredible vacation. If you can find cheap airfare, it can be done very inexpensively.