(Closed) I’ve been accepted into Harvard University

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 32
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Honey bee

My husbands number one regret in life is not going to Harvard because he got a free ride to another school for sports and Harvard doesnt give sport scholarships.

His brother who went to an ivy league school has had a lot easier time in the professional world. Reputation means a lot. As well as the people you meet at the school. Something you cant do at an online school.

Going to Harvard, in my opinion, is more important that spending money on a wedding. You will earn it back easily in pay raise when you graduate and I wouldnt even be willing to bet you would have the same opportunities with another school, never mind an online school.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

As someone who just graduated from an Ivy League institution with a Master’s degree, let me give you my advice.

First of all, a Harvard degree is worth astronomically more than an online degree. They are in no way comparable. Until I went to Columbia, I had no idea how much weight that Ivy League name carries. I got two jobs over the past two years just because I have Columbia on my resume (this was before I graduated), and I was never asked to provide references for either. Having a reputable school on your resume will open so many doors for you–people really do recognize and value these institutions, and so even if you don’t have full funding (I had no funding), taking out the loans may be very well wroth it in the long wrong.

That being said, because graduate school is so expensive and often really tough and even disappointing, I think you need to consider how much YOU want to go. Don’t think about the money or the moving or those logistics. Think about the program: is this something you really want to do? If you cannot answer “yes,” then you shouldn’t go, and probably not to either Harvard or the online school. As I said, grad school is a disappointment for everyone (even those with full-funding), so unless you go in fully convinced you want to be there, you’re going to be totally miserable once those tough days hit.

When I struggled in grad school and questioned why I was there, it was so comforting to know that I went in completely on board with that decision. Even though I felt differently by the end, it really helped to know that there was no other choice for me but to go to grad school at Columbia when I was originally making the decision, so I knew that ultimately, I made the right decision, and I feel so happy that I went.

So if you really want to get this graduate degree, do it right: take out the loans and go to Harvard. If you’re not totally on board, don’t go to Harvard or the online school. You can always reapply next year or further down the line when you’re more certain that this is the right choice for you. I just think that if it’s worth getting your degree at all, it’s definitely worth going to a great school to do so.  

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee

I’m confused…. Sociology and an MBA in Finance are two very different areas of study..? 

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you got into Harvard, you should go to Harvard.  I have my Master’s degree that set me back some money, but I made up my mind ahead of time that I wanted to spend that money.  Grad school is not like undergrad with financial aid types. 

Any grad school you go to is going to cost you money, granted some more than others, but it’s going to be expensive.  Take out the loans, you’ll really regret not going later.

Post # 37
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Harvard’s Sociology dept. doesn’t accept candidates for MA terminal degrees; only PhDs. And all Harvard PhD students get full funding (tuition plus stipend) for five years, plus health insurance.

So I’m wondering what’s up with this post.

Post # 38
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Bella_Erminia86: What is it you want to do in life?

An MBA is very different then a Masters in Finance which is different still from a Masters in Sociology.

Where do you want to be when you graduate school? What is your goal in getting the advanced degree?

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Bella_Erminia86:  Then why in the name of all that is good and holy are you even considering an online university over Harvard?! 

PhD programs don’t give a flying rat’s ass what kind of flowers your had at your wedding.  They do, however, care a whole hell of a lot about the name on your diploma.

I would urge you to consult with your academic mentors about this decision and see what they have to say before making a decision.

If they advise you to forgo Harvard with a stated intention to pursue a PhD I will film myself eating an entire hat and post it on weddingbee.

Post # 40
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

OMG GOOOOO!

If there’s a chance you can swing it and possibly delay the wedding I think ultimately you’ll be really happy with your decision. Going to a school like that to get that kind of education is once in a lifetime for only very few… Wow, what a chance- I’d sooooo jump on it.

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mightywombat:  Holler.

 

Also, I just got accepted into NASA for a dual PhD in rocket science and brain surgery.

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mightywombat: Good eye! Yeah, Harvard totally doesn’t have an MA in Sociology, so I’m very confused now, @Bella_Erminia86

From Harvard’s department of Sociology’s Graduate Study Admissions FAQ:

Does the Sociology Department have a Masters Program? No. The graduate program admits only students seeking the Ph.D.”

http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/soc/pages/faqs.html

Post # 46
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@T.R.Bride: Hmm… now I’m confused too.

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