scholes said: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.
scholes said: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!
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!