Next month I will have to start filling out applications for my next college, for admission in the spring 2012 semester. I know which colleges I will be applying to (UConn, UMASS-Amherst, Worcester State, Framingham State).
Going on the assumption that I get accepted to all 4 I have no clue which one I would choose and I wont have long to decide. My boyfriend is no help. He never applied to more than one college at a time.
Here are the pros and cons by college:
Pros: Closest to my house for commuting (about 40 minutes each way). Has the specific major that I want.
Cons: Very expensive. Even with the New England Regional discount, the cost of tuition and books would still run me over $20k per year.
Pros: About half the cost of UConn. Doesn’t have the specific major I want but has more options than just plain Biology.
Cons: A lot farther away. Assuming perfect traffic conditions the commute would be a minimum of 75 minutes each way.
Pros: Even less expensive than UMASS.
Cons: About the same commute as UMASS, possibly even longer because of the direction I’d have to go. Not many choices for a major I want, would probably just be Biology.
Pros: Same cost as Framingham State. Second closest to me with a commute of about 50 minutes assuming perfect driving conditions.
Cons: I detest this school. I dropped out 14 years ago and have no desire to go back. Have been told by 2 Biology major graduates and 1 Biology professor that the Biology department sucks the big one.
If I go to UConn I might be able to get enough aid to cover tuition and books and the commute will be manageable. But when I get out I’ll have a shitload of student loans to deal with.
If I go to UMASS or Framingham State I will certainly be able to get financing and I’ll be able to get a degree that will put me on the right track for a career and grad school and I’ll probably leave with little to no debt. But the cost of gas and wear and tear on the 22 year old vehicle, not to mention the 3 hours in the Jeep every day is a major turn-off.
Worcester State is a total last choice, nothing else worked for me, I hate my school, lets just get it done and go on to grad school. I really don’t want to go there.
The final option, which might actually be less appealing than going to Worcester State is living on campus in Amherst or Framingham. I will be 32 years old when I transfer. I spent 6 years living in foster care. I have no interest in living in a dorm. I have done my time in hell and I’d prefer to not go back voluntarily. I also have a very nice home with an awesome boyfriend and 3 amazingly cute dogs. I don’t want to spend $10k per year to live in a tiny box with a maladjusted 18 year old.
So, assuming you were in my situation and you got accepted to all 4 schools, which would you choose and why?