Thanks guys....Congrats NEWGUY! I understand your poor situation believe me I lived it and overcame it, attended school one semester living in my small 1990 toyota tercel, joined the gym that semester so that I can shower b4 classes and got a 4.0 that semester. But besides that you are still young..I'm only a year older than you, you should not let your credit be ruined if you can help it especially since you will be attending law school and a large amount of the loan you will bet getting to subsist yourself will be coming from private lenders which hangs on your credit rating. So whatever you do..don't ruin that credit man..you will need it especially in law school and way beyond after law school, one thing I learned in this country for most of us here that don't have trust funds, your credit is your most valuable asset and you have control over it.
That said, I'm torn now between Suffolk and Northeastern, Suffolk's seat deposit is due April 16th and Northeastern's may 1st, I think I will send in both seat deposits while I do my ground work research, I plan on staying in Boston and both schools place quite as well here, but Northeastern's co-op program I really like and the fact that Suffolk is giving me 25K a year(with 3.0 minimum gpa on a B- curve) while Northeastern is giving me 8.5k a year makes making the decision even harder for me, please guys, I will appreciate any input whatever it is will be more than welcome. If I can be able to reach a decision b4 April 16th, that will save me having to make two seat deposits. Thanks in advance guys.
Well congrats dude. CNow its decision time. The two schools couldn't be any different, top to bottom. Northeastern is EXTREMELY liberal, practially noncompetitive, and not at all interested in technology. Suffolk is conservative by comparison, EXTREMELY competitive, and prides itself on being on the cutting edge technologically. It would seem to me that you'd either be drawn to one or the other, based on the environments alone. Of course the co-op thing is a big wildcard - it affords you the unique opportunity to get real world exprience in diverse environments (BTW, some of the co-ops pay, some don't). But, Suffolk does have a broad range of clinical programs, so that can offset it a bit.
This is a decision I thought I'd be making, because I hoped I'd get into Northeastern. My priority is getting a job that pays $$$ because I'll be putting my family in some deep debt. Yet, I wasn't convinced that Northeastern's higher ranking would give me any edge in that regard. Suffolk is ranked lower, but probably respect as well locally and certainly has a broader local alum base. After visiting both schools, I felt drawn to Suffolk and I felt alien to Northeastern, so I had decided on Suffolk - I wasn't swayed by Northeastern's ranking - I think that is more applicable to somebody looking from a national perspective. The co-op program would have been attractive to me if I didn't know what I wanted to do, but I have paralegal experience , so I've got a feel for what sort of law I'd like to practice.
Suffolk has offered you 3x the money, so if you're drawn to the environment there, it seems like a no-brainer. If this is a tough decision for you, I'm guessing you're drawn to the environment at Northeastern. And if that is the case that I'm not sure anybody can advise you - you have to weigh the debt you'll incur at Northeaster vs the happiness you'll find there.
Good luck - I'm sure you'll be successful with whatever you decide.