I have to admit, deciding on a school was a pretty difficult decision. On some days, I was certain that I'd enroll at Kellogg; yet on others, I was positive that I'd go with Berkeley...or no, wait, maybe Columbia. I even put together spreadsheets comparing the different aspects of each program. I was trying to find any distinguishing characteristics that would allow me to disqualify or settle on a school. Instead, what I found was that each program looked amazing on paper, basically reaffirming my original decision to apply to those schools.
I could not make a decision solely by comparing what each one had to offer. I had to also incorporate what I truly wanted to get out of grad school. In the end, my decision came down to three factors:
- What I wanted to do after grad school and where I wanted to do it
- The "fit" of the program
- My gut instinct