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Decision: Ohio State vs University of Alabama

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  • momofsmartdancermomofsmartdancer 298 replies11 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 309 Member
    I think you need to run the numbers and compare them. Of course once you get your financial aid packet from both schools that would be easy to do. It sounds like you really want to determine that now and make a decision.

    Would you be able to borrow enough money to attend OSU? I think people on CC here have posted the maximum you can borrow each year. If you are not able to borrow enough to cover the costs, are your parents willing to take out loans to help you? Looking at cost and financing might answer your question about which university to attend.
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  • AlbionGirlAlbionGirl 808 replies92 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 900 Member
    However, going to OSU gives me the chance to "test run" my dream job (this is what's too hard to explain) with a unique club they have, and this club would increase my chances of landing my extremely-rare, almost-unrealistic dream job. I probably wont be able to get this job, but at least I could somewhat artificially live out this dream bc of OSU's club.

    How sure are you that UA doesn't have a similar club?
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  • d012939d012939 73 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    @AlbionGirl 100% sure. OSU is one of only like 5 schools to have it
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  • ScreenNameoriginalScreenNameoriginal 3 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Why not start the club you want at UA?
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  • d012939d012939 73 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    @ScreenNameoriginal I did consider that but the club, Theme Park Engineering Group, would take a few years to really get well established and there might not be enough interest at UA and/or the university might not support it. The club at OSU has been around for a bit and hfs the advantage of being near many awesome amusement parks (cedar point). They've even had many people get internships in the industry!
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  • d012939d012939 73 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    @juillet I appreciate your analysis. The numbers I'm getting are bc the amount I can afford every year is a bit more that the cost of UA. Thus, my debt would be less than the difference of costs between the 2 schools. I definitely inderstand what you're saying, even with my debt as less than your example. We'll see what I decide!
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  • ClarinetDad16ClarinetDad16 3303 replies119 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,422 Senior Member
    edited February 2017
    Did you look at / apply to UCF? You have all theme parks right there and they have a solid placement record with Disney and the Imagineer program.

    Sometimes a big merit offer from a school, like Bama, is flattering. Can be exciting. Outcomes are important as you are investing 4 years of your time. Launching into specific programs / industries can be enhanced at schools with strong relationships into those employers / programs.

    Do your homework and you will make the right decision.
    edited February 2017
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  • JustGraduateJustGraduate 658 replies14 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 672 Member
    edited February 2017
    IF the OSU theme parks club really does help get students internships/jobs in the industry, I think it could definitely be worth some premium for attending OSU. Wish I had a buck for every student I've heard say they wanted to work on theme park rides - would have paid for a good chunk of my son's education lol! It's a very difficult field to enter, and if that's what you really want I would think this could be a big help in getting there - or finding out it's not something you want to do after all.
    edited February 2017
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  • ClarinetDad16ClarinetDad16 3303 replies119 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,422 Senior Member
    Here is the club at UCF, would seem it helps there. So if OSU has connections too.... https://ucf.collegiatelink.net/organization/TEAatUCF/calendar/details/934197
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  • sevmomsevmom 8290 replies50 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 8,340 Senior Member
    Ah, Cedar Point! Met my husband there when when we were working there summers during college. We just drove through Columbus last summer and thought the city and campus were very nice. This is a tough one because of the money aspect. Good luck with your decision!
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  • STEM2017STEM2017 4021 replies94 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,115 Senior Member
    You should also run a calculator on the opportunity cost of foregoing a $300-500 monthly contribution (even higher pre-tax) to a 401k or an IRA for 10 years. I don't have a calculator in front of me (if someone would be so kind as to run the numbers) but I'm certain that the end result will be astonishing.
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  • sevmomsevmom 8290 replies50 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 8,340 Senior Member
    $22,000 a year seems pretty reasonable to attend a preferred OOS public school, at or even less cost that what many instate publics cost these days. And your parents are willing to help (#33), so that is positive. If you work some during school and get good internships during the summer that can help.
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  • d012939d012939 73 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    @ClarinetDad16 I'm looking at their scholarships but it doesnt say the deadlines, requirements, or award amounts .....
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  • 2sunny2sunny 374 replies11 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 385 Member
    @d012939 just sent you PM
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