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With NRMP ranklist due in less than 2 days, I was wondering if there was anyone out there ranking the Boston program highly, or had any opinions that would be valuable in the 11th hour?
 

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I question your love for the program since you are asking the question. I always wonder if people rank programs like this high on their lists year after year because they truely love it, or because it is Harvard and ranked #1. I am all about going to a competitive program, but I would not hesitate going to program ranked 11-25 if I thought I would be happier there.

I do see the allure of being able to interact with some of the smartest people on the planet on a daily basis, but it would lose its luster pretty quickly. I also see the allure of being able to say your going to the #1 program, but rankings change.

Now I am not saying Boston is overrated. And I am not saying that you shouldn't want to go to the best program out there. But I am saying, do not be worried about going to a competitive-but-not-top-10-program if you think you will be happier there. You will be successful regardless. What really matters if you will be enjoying yourself while doing these great things.
 
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Geez, relax. The reason why I asked is I was wondering if any of my potentially future interns were in the SDN community (with a little luck). And yes, I do feel the program is the best match for me (spent a month there), feel I would be the happiest at, and don't think the oppertunity to interact with "some of the smartest people on the planet" would be rapidly anticlimatic.

I completely agree with you about going to "the top program" and sacraficing your happiness. I think to do so would be naive and foolish. But for me, it just so happens that I believe one of these top programs happens to fit my professional aspirations. Sorry to give you the potentially wrong impression, and convey that I was a rankings-*****.





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I question your love for the program since you are asking the question. I always wonder if people rank programs like this high on their lists year after year because they truely love it, or because it is Harvard and ranked #1. I am all about going to a competitive program, but I would not hesitate going to program ranked 11-25 if I thought I would be happier there.

I do see the allure of being able to interact with some of the smartest people on the planet on a daily basis, but it would lose its luster pretty quickly. I also see the allure of being able to say your going to the #1 program, but rankings change.

Now I am not saying Boston is overrated. And I am not saying that you shouldn't want to go to the best program out there. But I am saying, do not be worried about going to a competitive-but-not-top-10-program if you think you will be happier there. You will be successful regardless. What really matters if you will be enjoying yourself while doing these great things.
 

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I never made any accusation of you being a "rankings-*****." I didn't intend to have a cynical tone to my post. I am just being honest. And who else can be honest if some anonymous person who knows nothing about you cannot be! :D

I just love the posts where people try to compare the top three programs so they can rank their top three choices. I was just suggesting that other things are important as well, which you seem to understand.

And believe me, I was not being sarcastic about the allure of interacting with "some of the smartest people on the planet." I plan on applying to these programs for the opportunity to see what it is like. And if I have the same experience you did, I may be ranking them highly.

Good luck in the match!
 
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No worries, perhaps I was too defensive myself as well. Good luck next year.

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I never made any accusation of you being a "rankings-*****." I didn't intend to have a cynical tone to my post. I am just being honest. And who else can be honest if some anonymous person who knows nothing about you cannot be! :D

I just love the posts where people try to compare the top three programs so they can rank their top three choices. I was just suggesting that other things are important as well, which you seem to understand.

And believe me, I was not being sarcastic about the allure of interacting with "some of the smartest people on the planet." I plan on applying to these programs for the opportunity to see what it is like. And if I have the same experience you did, I may be ranking them highly.

Good luck in the match!