We made it to the end! This story began many weeks ago with the part 1 post. Read on for the happy conclusion!
Journey to the Center of America
Part 4: The Decision
The final part of the process was deciding where to go. As I mentioned, I LOVED my visit to my “Monday Interview” school. My heart was set on going there. I knew it would be the best two years of my life. The culture was very similar to my undergraduate college (i.e. northeastern, small, liberal arts mentality) and the people were very similar to me. But my head had doubts.
The school where I received the fellowship had astounding academics and professors, and perhaps most importantly, an entirely flexible curriculum which would be very important in facilitating a career switch. I had a tough choice on my hands.
Granted, it’s what many call a “high quality problem”, but it was still a bit stressful. I was hopeful that the admitted students weekends would help me decide. Then I saw they were scheduled for the same weekend.
I decided to go to the “flexible curriculum” school’s admitted students weekend, in order to give it a fair shake. I knew if I went to the “Monday Interview” admit weekend I would fall in love all over again and go there without thinking twice.
After going to “Flexible Curriculum’s” admit weekend, I still didn’t like it as much from the fun and social aspect when compared to “Monday interview”. But I liked it enough that I knew I’d have a good time over the two years, make some great friends, get a superb education, and hopefully land a target job.
I was still on the fence though, so I spoke to one of my firm’s partners, who also wrote my Letters of Recommendation. He framed the situation like this: “You already are “Monday Interview”. I know you’d have a great time there, but how much would you grow as a person? Take yourself out of your comfort zone, be in a more diverse crowd, and position yourself professionally in the best way you can”. I had never thought about it that way, and after some more soul searching, decided to follow my head instead of my heart.
After completing this journey, I’m thrilled to start the next chapter in the Windy City, come August. I’m glad to have reached the middle of America successfully, and who knows, maybe I’ll even see some of you there!
EssaySnark certainly is not casting doubt on this BSer’s decision to go to the Windy City, however that advice from the recommender just strikes us as a little odd. We get it, yes, diversify, spread your wings, go outside your comfort zone… But for most people, when you resonate with a particular school so much, and when that school LETS YOU IN… well, we’d be inclined to assume that you would want to GO THERE! But that’s just us. 🙂
Deciding on a school is an important decision, and it must be YOUR decision. When you get to this point in the process, we have a whole slew of posts to help you figure things out. And no matter what, as we said to this BSer way back when he was in the throes of the decision, bschool at ANY OF THESE PLACES would be awesome. Not like you can make a wrong choice between them. (Hey, we actually have a blahg post on that….)
So, final words: GOOD LUCK!! to this STBBS. We hope you have fun in your two years in the Windy City. We hope you’ll stop back by from time to time and give us a report on how it’s going for you!