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Oh my god. My parents want me to choose a college today. Here's the rundown of my options.

UMBC: free. Clears the road for grad school later because my parents can save up money for me. But not a very exciting place to spend the next four years.

Georgetown: Gorgeous architecture, good reputation and location. Expensive but at least the first year will be nearly free because our 2007 income was so low. Doesn't have a writing program. Famous for law, politics, and business, which isn't really my interest.

Hopkins: Didn't like the school itself. Good writing program. Like Georgetown, expensive but gives me full coverage next year. Has more options for me if I end up not wanting to do creative writing, but something about the school turns me off.

Pratt Institute: My baby. An art school in Brooklyn with an interesting creative writing program. Out of all 4, this one has my attention for the location and artsy campus and cool people. Downside? Pretty expensive. Not very many options if I decide I don't wanna continue studying here, since it doesn't have as much rep as Georgetown and Hopkins. Basically there's no changing my mind, and I'd have to work really hard to get a job and to try and fund grad school.

Pratt is where my heart is. But am I being a fucking idiot? My parents say I can choose whatever makes me happiest, but that I am going to be stuck with the consequences. And Pratt could have some pretty weighty consequences.

Date: 2008-04-27 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You have to choose what will make you happy AND what makes sense. If there's something about Hopkins that turns you off, don't go there. Even with the idea of a creative writing program and possible options that come with it, if in your gut you get a bad feeling about it, don't go. Sometimes intuition is a good thing, and sometimes we need to listen to it even if it may seem, at the time, illogical.

If Pratt is your baby, and this is where you see yourself the most, go there. Even for one year. If it doesn't work out then, then you can start looking at other options that are closer/less expensive, etc. But if you don't go for one reason or another, you may wind up kicking yourself. You have an opportunity now you may not get again. Even if there *might* be some consequences, the operative word is "might". You're never going to know until you make the choice. You can always start somewhere and transfer, or start at Pratt and then transfer... you're not stuck with this choice forever. There may be consequences, but you're an intelligent person, so you'll find a way to deal with them :)

Feel free to email/IM if you want to bounce ideas or vent or anything; I've been there and done that (twice, since I'm currently in grad school working on my MFA in creative writing!) and I'm happy to be an impartial sounding board if you'd like :)

Date: 2008-04-27 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, wow, so you've actually made it! I think if I were to go to grad school after Pratt, it'd probably be for law so I would be able to pay those loans back as soon as I could. Did you go to undergraduate school for creative writing too? What school did you go to, and did you like it, and were the professors egotistic and snooty? And how did you manage to afford all this?

*is jealous*

I've been thinking about it all day, and I think you're right. My parents are acting like it's impossible to transfer, but I know it's not. It isn't the end of the world. I think I'm going with Pratt.

Date: 2008-04-27 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's fantastic that you have so many options, though I definitely empathize with how difficult a decision this is.

I'm very sure you'll end up making the right choice for you, though. :)

Date: 2008-04-27 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks--actually, your posts about the jerks in the creative writing class you take have made me a little apprehensive. I hope that's not the case everywhere. XD

Date: 2008-05-01 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm sure if you go to a University with a program devoted to writing, it'll be an entirely different thing. :) (And how exciting that you can do that!) My professor hasn't taught creative writing in years and years, and she doesn't write herself. I think it makes a big difference.

Date: 2008-04-27 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
have fun at pratt you're leaving me for feline staff and wall writing.

Date: 2008-04-28 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
D: You left me too.

Date: 2008-04-27 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Effthewhat. Your parents are... spontaneous. They should let you think about colleges for the next few... ten years. At the least. :/ Yeah.

Ehhh, I don't know anything about this whole life-preparing, school-deciding business, but I'd choose the school you're the safest at. I mean, the school that will... I dunno, pave way for other hardships(?) in the future. Like get the strenuous, stressing things out of the way first, then have more time to leisure about later.


Date: 2008-04-28 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha. My parents aren't very spontaneous, actually. I'm just bad at deciding--the deadline is May 1st.

Crap. Um. I just chose the least safe school, future-wise.

I might regret this very very much. You are probably far wiser than I am XP

Date: 2008-04-28 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I remember amking this decision and it SUCKS NARD. I was choosing between Boston U., Rutgers, Montclair, Princeton, & Drew (The last 4 are all NJ schools). I chose Rutgers b/c it's a reasonably good school, although it definitely wasn't my top choice, and was a state u. so it was cheap. If I could do it again, I would choose Princeton, Drew, or the New School in NYC.
I wish I could give you mroe advice than to follow your heart. & here's a tip--NYC is full of colleges for such a small space, so if you end up disliking Pratt, you could prolly find something that's more fitting there. Offhand, I can think of Columbia, NYU, all the CUNY schools, Sarah Lawrence, & New School (Is Pratt affiliated with them?)

Date: 2008-04-29 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Holy cripes, you got into Princeton? Dayuuuuummmm, girl!

Yeah, the NYC thing is definitely a plus. Columbia sounds like an amazing school--an Ivy in NYC with a writing program! I only heard about it AFTER the application deadline XD.

I'm not sure if Pratt is affiliated with any college, but I do know people going to NYU so at least I can get an inside scoop there. I decided on Pratt yesterday, but I'm still sending in a deposit to the safety school in case my dad gets sacked, which is always likely.

P.S. When we make decisions we end up regretting, it's probably good to remember that the other decision could have also ended in a different regret. Maybe if you'd ended up going to an expensive school, you'd be really in debt right now and stuff? (This is me lamely trying to put a positive spin on things.)
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