Thank you all for your sound input.
I'm not looking for the easy route. I'm looking for the best route.
I'm going to have to work hard no matter where I go. It's kind of concerning that so many posters on LSD are so willing to retort with "you won't make it" or "don't go." While 90+% won't make it to the top, there are 10% of us that will. It's sad that folks are so quick to lump 100% of us into the 90% (please know that I am referring to a lot of postings on LSD. I'm not referring to Jimmy's previous post about best/worst students at both schools).