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I was admitted to Berkeley and MIT for EECS PhD and am having a tough time deciding where to go. Here is my pros and cons list:
1. Would-be-advisor is awesome in the field I want to go into, it is even rumored he will win nobel prize soon. His grad students have greats things to say. He has put a lot of effort in convincing me to come
2. It's in California. Sun, girls, LA a 5 hour drive away, longer if I take the pacific highway
3. It's near silicon valley (didn't get into Stanford ): and advisor has multiple businesses in area, i.e. good connections. I think I want to do something entrepreneurial after graduation
4. CON: idk if Berkeley is considered to be as cool as places like MIT, Stanford, Harvard, etc. If I ever change fields, working for awesome advisor won't carry as much weight as MIT
5. CON: Would-be-advisor is 65
1. Would-be-advisor works a lot with DARPA and lincoln labs. Research is interesting to me.
2. Cambridge/Boston is a huge college town. Lack of girls at MIT can be made up for by hanging out with people from other schools. Harvard right down mass ave.
3. I relate well with people at MIT in terms of problem solving, but i'm probably more laid back like people at berkeley
4. Majority of MIT is grad students; majority undergrad at Berkeley
5. CON: Boston is cold and ugly compared to california
6. CON: MIT is probably more stressful than berkeley
Please post anything you want. I am listening to any and all opinions