I pretty much have settled on #1. However, the rest keep bothering me. For any other midwesterners out there who may read this before 7PM CST, how would you rank these based on academics? And then on the idea that you would be moving away somewhere far not knowing a single soul? Would Boston, NYC, or Palo Alto/SF appeal to someone in their mid20s? I assume that life outside of work is just as important if I will be starting fresh somewhere else.