Originally Posted by naoj
Why do u/did u wanna go to oxford/cambridge/warwick/harvard/yale/UM/USM...where ever??? Regardless of country. OR better yet, if u didn't get into the uni of your choice (at time of application), where are u now and are u happy?
I figured this would be a good way to expose people to first hand info about institutions of tertiary education. And to what others have to say about where ever one may end up.
Here's my two cents.
I wanna go to :
1. Stanford - weather rocks. I'm the scared of cold type. Reese Witherspoon and Chelsea clinton went there. And c'mon it's like STANFORD man !!
2. U Chicago - So quirky, so interesting. Everything about the uni screams "We're different and we love ourselves for it!" Plus the "Life of the Mind" prospectus thingy was FANTASTIC.
3. Brown - Preppy + individualistic. Combinations like that don't come that often.
I wonder if this thread will stay alive...
Apart from academic experience, I think the decision to go to a specific college is arbitrary. For USC, I think we're first being seduced by
the fancy brochures and for the fact that we're in LA and Star Wars maker George Lucas was here, (or Will Farrel was here too).
Or maybe we're have a great football team etc.
I agree with the weather. But you forgot one more thing, you must love to stay at The Farm to go to Stanford
Apart from the supply side economist preacher Milton Friedman, I know almost nothing about the U Chicago. I heard the economics department is great, rivalling UC Berkeley and MIT (or maybe Harvard).
Anyways, the decision is arbitrary. Some people like big campus, small campus, football team, weather, but I think the decision would be heavily influenced by the department (and overall) ranking of the school (or , the degree of coolness of the school).
If you give me one more chance to go to another school in the US, my top school is still a West Coast school . Maybe Cal Poly or UW in Seattle.