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same undergrad and law school?

same undergrad and law school?
« on: April 01, 2007, 06:01:41 PM »
I was accepted into Pitt and was offered a pretty decent scholarship, which is obviously appealling (I would be coming out of law school with basically no debt). But I have a lot of help from my parents so if I want to go somewhere more expensive, I could. The reason why I'm against Pitt is because I'm there for undergrad right now and have lived around here for my whole life. I want to settle down here eventually, but I'm also REALLY in want of a change. I've been here for years and want to see somewhere new. However, Pitt is definately one of the better schools I've been accepted in to. On the one hand, going to Pitt would be the smart/economical/practical thing to do but on the other hand, I can't imagine spending the rest of my life here without a break in between and think law school would be a good time to take a break from Pittsburgh. What are your thoughts on this? Thank you!

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Re: same undergrad and law school?
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2007, 06:53:39 PM »
I was accepted into Pitt and was offered a pretty decent scholarship, which is obviously appealling (I would be coming out of law school with basically no debt). But I have a lot of help from my parents so if I want to go somewhere more expensive, I could. The reason why I'm against Pitt is because I'm there for undergrad right now and have lived around here for my whole life. I want to settle down here eventually, but I'm also REALLY in want of a change. I've been here for years and want to see somewhere new. However, Pitt is definately one of the better schools I've been accepted in to. On the one hand, going to Pitt would be the smart/economical/practical thing to do but on the other hand, I can't imagine spending the rest of my life here without a break in between and think law school would be a good time to take a break from Pittsburgh. What are your thoughts on this? Thank you!

I think you answered your own question, see bolded. :)

Sometimes in life you have to do the scary, impractical thing, so you can walk away feeling happy and fulfilled.  That said, does Pitt have any opportunity for study abroad? You might be able to do a semester or even a year at a different institution, and that would certainly be a change.

Good luck!

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Re: same undergrad and law school?
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2007, 11:54:32 PM »
Yeah, I think being a visiting student at another law school might be a better option.  If you really want to come back to Pittsburgh, think hard about going to another corner of the country for law school.  I'm sure a Pitt degree opens a lot of doors in the city that a degree from Houston, Oregon, or Denver would not.

Re: same undergrad and law school?
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2007, 12:11:29 AM »
I say if you want a break from Pitt take it. One of the reasons I am taking a break from school this upcoming year is because even though I have been admitted to some pretty good schools, none of them are in an area where I want to spend the next three years of my life. But at the same time, if Pitt is the best option that you have, it may be smart for you to just take it. I like slientswirl's idea about a semester abroad or something of that nature. Don't sell yourself short on a great opportunity. Or you could defer for a year, travel the world and start next fall (just an idea).

Re: same undergrad and law school?
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2007, 04:57:19 AM »
I'd go to Pitt.  It's the school to go to if you want to stay in the area.  This is your career, don't compromise the opportunities you want to allow yourself for something as fickle as "I'd like to get out and see the world."  It's time to buckle down and wash out that collegiate idealism that plagues so many of this country's youth.

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Re: same undergrad and law school?
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2007, 07:01:07 AM »
What are your other options, besides Pittsburgh?

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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2007, 10:21:22 AM »
I'd go to Pitt.  It's the school to go to if you want to stay in the area.  This is your career, don't compromise the opportunities you want to allow yourself for something as fickle as "I'd like to get out and see the world."  It's time to buckle down and wash out that collegiate idealism that plagues so many of this country's youth.

See, I don't think this is fickle at all. There is definitely something to living somewhere that makes you happy. And the fact is that just because the OP wants to return to Pitt now is not an indication that experiences elsewhere might not change his/her mind. Circumstances change, and ideas change. And besides, all the GOOD jobs (if you're not top 10%) are going to be had by networking anyway (yes, i know that's a sweeping generalization) so that if the OP doesnt go to Pitt but comes back for the summers to work and really networks, he might still find a great job. It might not be at the biggest firm in town, but who cares?

That said, I still think that you can combine the best of both worlds by taking advantage of a study abroad. I would do a semester or a year, and not a summer (summers are too important for getting work experience!). One of the schools I'm most interested in offers the option to get a dual degree doing two years at the home institution and then another two years in Spain. Something like that might be ideal.

Re: same undergrad and law school?
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2007, 10:35:04 AM »
I'd go to Pitt.  It's the school to go to if you want to stay in the area.  This is your career, don't compromise the opportunities you want to allow yourself for something as fickle as "I'd like to get out and see the world."  It's time to buckle down and wash out that collegiate idealism that plagues so many of this country's youth.

See, I don't think this is fickle at all. There is definitely something to living somewhere that makes you happy. And the fact is that just because the OP wants to return to Pitt now is not an indication that experiences elsewhere might not change his/her mind. Circumstances change, and ideas change. And besides, all the GOOD jobs (if you're not top 10%) are going to be had by networking anyway (yes, i know that's a sweeping generalization) so that if the OP doesnt go to Pitt but comes back for the summers to work and really networks, he might still find a great job. It might not be at the biggest firm in town, but who cares?

That said, I still think that you can combine the best of both worlds by taking advantage of a study abroad. I would do a semester or a year, and not a summer (summers are too important for getting work experience!). One of the schools I'm most interested in offers the option to get a dual degree doing two years at the home institution and then another two years in Spain. Something like that might be ideal.

Sounds interesting. Which school is that, Swirl?

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Re: same undergrad and law school?
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2007, 12:51:02 PM »
I'd go to Pitt.  It's the school to go to if you want to stay in the area.  This is your career, don't compromise the opportunities you want to allow yourself for something as fickle as "I'd like to get out and see the world."  It's time to buckle down and wash out that collegiate idealism that plagues so many of this country's youth.

See, I don't think this is fickle at all. There is definitely something to living somewhere that makes you happy. And the fact is that just because the OP wants to return to Pitt now is not an indication that experiences elsewhere might not change his/her mind. Circumstances change, and ideas change. And besides, all the GOOD jobs (if you're not top 10%) are going to be had by networking anyway (yes, i know that's a sweeping generalization) so that if the OP doesnt go to Pitt but comes back for the summers to work and really networks, he might still find a great job. It might not be at the biggest firm in town, but who cares?

That said, I still think that you can combine the best of both worlds by taking advantage of a study abroad. I would do a semester or a year, and not a summer (summers are too important for getting work experience!). One of the schools I'm most interested in offers the option to get a dual degree doing two years at the home institution and then another two years in Spain. Something like that might be ideal.

Sounds interesting. Which school is that, Swirl?

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