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Hey guys,

Well, I was admitted to Vandy on a full ride, Dartmouth, Duke, and Wharton (LSM). Right now, I plan to enroll at Wharton because I was admitted into their LSM program where I can receive both a BS in Finance and BA in Biology. The program is pretty awesome and exposes me to my two passions: business and medicine. Additionally, it also hooks me up with both a business and then a bio internship which are allegedly much better internships than what I could find on my own. However, I did get a full ride to Vandy whereas I'll have 2 pay 20k a year at Penn (my parents will cover it...but they refuse to cover grad school costs if I go on there from Penn). The thing is I really am not sure what I want to do. I am very, very interested in Healthcare administration, Medicine, and Ibanking in some healthcare sector. Again, though, a full ride to a top 20 school like Vandy is compelling. So, would Wharton still be the best choice given what I want to do and my financial situation?

Thanks,
Robbie
 
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It depends what field you are leaning towards.

If you are leaning towards business but still want to leave medicine open, go to Wharton. If you think you would rather do medicine, go to Vandy.

If you can't choose at all which one you might rather do, then I'd choose Wharton, because it leaves both options open.

But, like you stated, the price of leaving both options open (Wharton) is having to pay for your own med school if you do decide to go with medicine.

All in all, it really depends on you. I know that's probably not what you want to hear, so I will tell you that if it was up to me, I'd choose Wharton.

Most med school graduates have 200k+ debt, so if your parents pay for Wharton and you have to pay for med school, it's not like you will be in any more debt than most of the other people.
 

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I don't know how you could pass up a full ride at Vandy. A school of that caliber is a great launching point, regardless of what you decide you want to do, and going there for free is way too good to miss.
 

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Dude.... ITS A FULL $%^&*@$ RIDE!!!!!!

BS in Finance? :hungover: why would you do that to yourself?
 

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Hey guys,

Well, I was admitted to Vandy on a full ride, Dartmouth, Duke, and Wharton (LSM). Right now, I plan to enroll at Wharton because I was admitted into their LSM program where I can receive both a BS in Finance and BA in Biology. The program is pretty awesome and exposes me to my two passions: business and medicine. Additionally, it also hooks me up with both a business and then a bio internship which are allegedly much better internships than what I could find on my own. However, I did get a full ride to Vandy whereas I'll have 2 pay 20k a year at Penn (my parents will cover it...but they refuse to cover grad school costs if I go on there from Penn). The thing is I really am not sure what I want to do. I am very, very interested in Healthcare administration, Medicine, and Ibanking in some healthcare sector. Again, though, a full ride to a top 20 school like Vandy is compelling. So, would Wharton still be the best choice given what I want to do and my financial situation?

Thanks,
Robbie

Is business really one of your passions?

I will have my business(ish) degree next semester. It seems unnatural to me that business could be someone's passion, it is so broad a word.... somewhat like saying, "yeah, I am passionate about careers"
 

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Penn's LSM is really hard to get into, even harder than Wharton. I think they only have between 20 to 30 students in each LSM class every year. Just wanted to put that into perspective. Vandy's a great school, but LSM would be amazing for bio and finance.
 

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Hey guys,

Well, I was admitted to Vandy on a full ride, Dartmouth, Duke, and Wharton (LSM). Right now, I plan to enroll at Wharton because I was admitted into their LSM program where I can receive both a BS in Finance and BA in Biology. The program is pretty awesome and exposes me to my two passions: business and medicine. Additionally, it also hooks me up with both a business and then a bio internship which are allegedly much better internships than what I could find on my own. However, I did get a full ride to Vandy whereas I'll have 2 pay 20k a year at Penn (my parents will cover it...but they refuse to cover grad school costs if I go on there from Penn). The thing is I really am not sure what I want to do. I am very, very interested in Healthcare administration, Medicine, and Ibanking in some healthcare sector. Again, though, a full ride to a top 20 school like Vandy is compelling. So, would Wharton still be the best choice given what I want to do and my financial situation?

Thanks,
Robbie
If business is also your passion, you can always do an MD/MBA dual degree after you get your BA in Biology
 

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Hey guys,

Well, I was admitted to Vandy on a full ride, Dartmouth, Duke, and Wharton (LSM). Right now, I plan to enroll at Wharton because I was admitted into their LSM program where I can receive both a BS in Finance and BA in Biology. The program is pretty awesome and exposes me to my two passions: business and medicine. Additionally, it also hooks me up with both a business and then a bio internship which are allegedly much better internships than what I could find on my own. However, I did get a full ride to Vandy whereas I'll have 2 pay 20k a year at Penn (my parents will cover it...but they refuse to cover grad school costs if I go on there from Penn). The thing is I really am not sure what I want to do. I am very, very interested in Healthcare administration, Medicine, and Ibanking in some healthcare sector. Again, though, a full ride to a top 20 school like Vandy is compelling. So, would Wharton still be the best choice given what I want to do and my financial situation?

Thanks,
Robbie
Go to Vandy and figure it out debt free.
 
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Hey guys,

Well, I was admitted to Vandy on a full ride, Dartmouth, Duke, and Wharton (LSM). Right now, I plan to enroll at Wharton because I was admitted into their LSM program where I can receive both a BS in Finance and BA in Biology. The program is pretty awesome and exposes me to my two passions: business and medicine. Additionally, it also hooks me up with both a business and then a bio internship which are allegedly much better internships than what I could find on my own. However, I did get a full ride to Vandy whereas I'll have 2 pay 20k a year at Penn (my parents will cover it...but they refuse to cover grad school costs if I go on there from Penn). The thing is I really am not sure what I want to do. I am very, very interested in Healthcare administration, Medicine, and Ibanking in some healthcare sector. Again, though, a full ride to a top 20 school like Vandy is compelling. So, would Wharton still be the best choice given what I want to do and my financial situation?

Thanks,
Robbie
If business really is your "passion", you should use your business-common sense and look and save your money and go to Vanderbilt.
 

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If business really is your "passion", you should use your business-common sense and look and save your money and go to Vanderbilt.
if business were really his passion, he'd go to wharton and become an ibanker. wharton is a top target school for ibanking firms, vandy less so.
 
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